Keeping safe at home

As we age, we can sometimes experience a decline in mobility, motor skills and difficulty with balance affecting our gait. Our usual level of senses of hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch may fade. These changes can have an impact on our reactions and how we interact with our environment.

It's vital that over the next few weeks and months, older people are kept safe and well at home. Aside from COVID-19, it's also important to ensure the home is comfortable, slip and trip hazards are prevented, furniture is easy to get in or out of and good nutrition is maintained to avoid future hospitalisation.

Here's our top tips for keeping safe at home:

  • In the kitchen - ensure knives and sharp objects are properly stored, tuck away any loose clothing when cooking to reduce the fire risk, never leave any food cooking unattended and avoid carrying hot liquids further than necessary 

  • In the bathroom - prevent falls by installing grab rails near the shower and toilet plus using non-slip bathmats can help to provide more grip

  • In the bedroom - consider installing bed rails or raisers to make it easier to get in and out of bed plus good lighting and removing any additional clutter or furniture can help

  • In the living room - make sure your furniture is steady, comfortable and easy to get in and out of, install lever handles on internal doors as they are easier to grasp and use and remove mats or rugs that can contribute to slips or falls

  • On the stairs - solid handrails can help with balance, ensure the carpet or runners are firmly fixed down and remove any rugs and ensure the area is well lit during night and day.

  • Staying safe outdoors - install a sturdy rail at each entrance to the home and an outside light can help as well as ensuring paths are kept free of algae and debris such as slippery leaves, loose stones or flags.

Discover more top tips for staying safe at home or ask our team for more information.