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What Are The Keys To Making Your Home Senior Safe?

Week after week, the LifeCare Mobility Solutions Blog offers up helpful advice that can all be categorized under one central theme: making seniors safe. Naturally, with our company specializing in offering both seniors and individuals with mobility issues a variety of mobility solutions and accessibility devices to choose from, it only makes sense for our blogs to focus on the care of those who need it the most.

We’re so grateful that our blog has caught the eyes of many like-minded business professionals. Among them is SeniorSafetyReviews.com founder, Marc Felgar. He recently emailed us to inform us that his company and ours share common visions. Understanding senior safety as being a high priority for both brands, Marc introduced us to “A Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Home Senior Safe”.

How can you prevent falls in the home?

The guide offers up a list of no less than 34 suggestions for making your home fall-proof. Among the suggestions are several that promote bathroom safety. Placing non-skid mats or strips in the bathtub and shower as well as installing walk-in tubs and grab bars are among the top recommendations.

“Falls are the leading cause of injury to older adults, with 1 in 3 experiencing a fall every year,” SeniorSafetyReviews.com reminds us, “However, falling is not inevitable. You can significantly reduce your risk of falling by modifying your home, wearing the proper footwear, reviewing your medications with your doctor and going for an annual eye exam.”

How can you prevent theft and abuse in the home?

A topic that also gets appropriate attention is the vulnerability of seniors. Sometimes, we forget that when we allow others into our homes, we potentially put our elderly loved ones at risk. Are you in the process of hiring a home care provider? Do you require maintenance in the home that requires a service person to visit? What steps should be taken to ensure they can be trusted?

SeniorSafetyReviews.com insists on performing background checks on caregivers and contractors. “Before allowing someone into your home, it’s important to ensure they have no criminal history,” advises the site, “References need to be called to ensure caregivers are honest, caring and kind and have no red flags. Anytime you let someone in your home you’re giving them an opportunity to steal and/or mistreat you or your loved one.”

How can you prevent burns and fires in the home?

There’s never a bad time to practice fire safety. However, when you live with a senior, protecting the home from potential fires requires double the attention. The safety guide offered by SeniorSafetyReviews.com points out the various steps that seniors can take to prevent burns and fires. They include avoiding cigarette smoking, installing smoke detectors and not wearing loose clothing around the stove.

“When cooking, it’s advised to wear short sleeved shirts, close fitting tops and an apron to avoid your clothes from accidentally catching fire on the stove,” notes the guide, “The loose sleeves on nightgowns and bathrobes are particularly dangerous when cooking on a stove top.”

The LifeCare Mobility Solutions team would like to thank Marc Felgar for passing along this very helpful guide. And we’d like to remind everyone who has questions about the mobility solutions and home healthcare products offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions to call 416-267-9800, email info@lifecaremobility.ca or fill out the form on our Contact page to have them answered!

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