Did you know that around 8 million seniors per year attend the emergency room for injuries sustained from falls? In fact, most falls or accidents occur in the home as a result of consumer products. Falls often occur on staircases or bathrooms, but there are hazards throughout other areas of the home which you may not be aware of.
The most effective way to keep safe is to look at each room individually:
- Does your bath and/or shower have a non-slip surface?
- Is your staircase well-lit and clear of obstructions?
- Are all electrical appliances and cords in your kitchen stored away from water?
- Are all cords tucked away safely in your bedroom and living room?
Many of these are slip or trip hazards, but there may also be fire or gas hazards around your home. To ensure you avoid a trip to the emergency room, follow this detailed checklist on how to safeguard your home.
NEW! Follow-up article that is easily accessible and reader friendly – A Guide to Helping Senior Citizens Stay Safe at Home. (Or get the downloadable PDF version HERE.)