How caregivers can check for safety hazards to prevent falls
Falls are one of the most common—and most dangerous—accidents than can happen when you are caring for the elderly, so it’s important to be on guard for safety risks in your loved one’s home. A thorough inventory of potential hazards could help prevent accidents.
Follow home safety tips for older adults.
Remove small throw rugs. Use double-sided adhesive tape to firmly attach any large area rugs.
Be sure all electrical cords are tacked to the baseboards and out of the way.
Remove extra furniture that interferes with easy movement between rooms.
Install handrails and grab bars along stairways, next to the toilet, and in the bath or shower.
Don’t let clutter pile up on the floor.
Make sure all rooms have adequate lighting and install night-lights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways.