We all want to be independent and take care of ourselves. However, if you have loved ones living alone who are experiencing decreased mobility, how can you assist them so that they can remain in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible?
The best thing to do is make sure that the house is safe, secure, and free from hazards. You will want to go through the home and look for areas that need improvement. Here are a few areas of the house where accidents commonly happen (although they are by no means limited to these areas):
The stairs. Check to make sure that any carpeting on the stairs is not becoming loose, as this could present a tripping hazard. Ideally, the staircase should have handrails on both sides and be very well lit so that each stair can be clearly visible.
Bathrooms. These should be fitted with a sufficient number of grab bars and non-slip flooring and bathmats, etc.
Appliances. A major tripping hazard is electrical cords, particularly if they are stretching across areas of high traffic. To reduce the risk, it may be beneficial to rearrange the room to allow for any electrical appliances to be positioned close to an outlet.