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Spring Senior Safety Tips

Posted by Darla Sims on Apr 9, 2019 3:25:17 PM

The birds are chirping and the sweet smells of springtime are finally here! The rites of spring may include enjoying outdoor activities and indoor spring cleaning activities. For seniors, these activities can pose safety challenges. Listed below are some helpful tips for senior safety around the home this spring.

Medication:

Update subscription medications, supplements, and vitamins

Safely dispose of any expired medicine

Kitchen:

Check that all large and small appliances are in good working condition

Declutter counter tops by storing away appliances that are rarely used

Post emergency contact numbers on the fridge and near the telephone

Bathroom:

If needed, install grab bars and a raised toilet seat

Make sure floor and tub/shower are non-slip

Make sure bath mats have are low profile with non-skid backing

Bedroom:

Make sure medical alert device and/or phone is easy to reach

Install automatic lights to light the way to the bathroom

Use bedside lamps that are easy to turn on and off

Make sure the bed is easy to transfer in and out of

Keep clothing and grooming items within reach

General House:

Set water heater temperature so as to avoid burns

Check that all sinks/drains are working

Change smoke detector batteries

Make sure hallways and main floor spaces are clutter-free

Check that flooring is smooth and free of tripping hazards like rugs

Outside the House:

Make sure that house numbers are clearly visible from the street, night and day

Clear walkways and install support hand rails if needed

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