For Older Americans Month, Consider These Safety Tips For Seniors

For Older Americans Month, Consider These Safety Tips For Seniors

May 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month, a month to celebrate and cherish the contributions that older individuals make to our communities, jobs, and families. If you have an elderly family member who lives alone or lives with you, there are many steps you can take to help protect them from injury or illness – ensuring your loved one can continue to provide the wisdom, experience, and perspective that enriches lives.

Make your home safer for everyone, including elderly loved ones, by implementing the following tips:

  • Ensure stairways, doorways, and hallways have adequate lighting. Motion-sensing lights in bathrooms and halls can help older people see well at night without having to hunt for the light switch.
  • Install a smoke detector and fire extinguisher on every floor of your home. Test them at least twice a year to ensure they’re in good condition.
  • Use skid-proof surfaces inside tubs and showers, on bathroom floors, and on stairs. Install sturdy handrails and grab bars to help prevent falls.
  • In the kitchen, choose appliances like coffee pots with automatic shut-off switches. When cooking, wear fitted clothing and tie back long hair to prevent burns.
  • Protect the entire family from scalding burns and save on utility bills by turning the hot water heater’s thermostat down to below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

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