Home is where the heart is, but how safe is your home? As a person ages, you may find them increasingly at risk of being a victim of accidents. Elderly people living independently without any assistance should consider improving the safety within their homes, as elderly people are more prone to serious injuries and long-term disability if they fall. Perhaps your elderly loved one is living in Australia at elderly care Melbourne homes with dementia care services, how sure are you that all the time they are safe? At-home caregivers from aged care Queensland hospitals offering dementia care services can lower the risk of accidents at home by making the home safer. Here are some tips for improving home safety. Follow these tips, and you can have a better peace of mind about the safety of your elderly loved one.
Avoid storing too many things on higher, hard-to-reach shelves or cabinets. This will reduce the number of times the elderly person has to climb on stools or ladders to get to something.
Have a sturdy stepladder handy in the kitchen, in case there is a need to retrieve something from a high shelf of the cabinet. A good stepladder should have wide treads and easy-to-grab supports.
Put the microwave oven at eye level, preferably on the countertop or on the table. It is more difficult to take food out of the microwave if it is above eye level. Likewise, if the microwave is below eye level, move it up to the countertop to avoid back strain when taking food out of the microwave.
Put the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer on a 6 to an 8-inch platform to reduce the need to bend down too far when loading and unloading.
Change door/drawer/cabinet knobs to bigger, easy-to-grab C-shaped or D-shaped handles. These types of handles are especially helpful for someone with painful arthritis.
Change the kitchen sink plug to a lever handle instead of a knob that requires twisting. It is worthwhile changing the doorknob throughout the house to lever handles too.
A non-slip mat in the shower tray or bathtub or even a permanent seat in the shower will go a long way to preventing nasty slips and falls.