For many people who are advancing in age, getting around isn’t as easy as it once was. Even moving around their own homes can become a challenge. It’s sad to say, but thousands of elderly ones are injured every year from an at home related accident. Among the most common accidents that take place at home are slipping and falling. How, then, can some of these accidents be prevented? Let’s look at a couple of ways:
One of the first steps to take is have a look throughout the home to see what areas have the potential to become trip over hazards. Electrical cords and wiring can be lethal if they are stretched out along the floor of a walk-through area (not only for tripping over but a potential fire hazard as well). They may be stretched out due to a lack of plug sockets where they are needed. One possible solution to this is to rearrange the furniture so that any appliances are close to an electrical socket and don’t need to stretch far. When doing this, it would be a good time to check the condition of these wires etc. to make sure they are not damaged, frayed or have exposed wires.
Another area that causes many accidents are carpets and rugs. While many older ones prefer the warmth and comfort carpeting brings to a home, they can be very dangerous if they are wearing out. If a carpets adhesive has worn out in places, the carpet can loosen making it very easy for someone with limited mobility to trip over. Rugs are also potentially lethal if they are not fitted with a good rubber backing which holds them firmly in place.
While reading this blog, perhaps you have thought of many other areas of your elderly loved one’s home that could be adjusted for safety. Having these steps in mind is a good start to keeping your aging loved ones safe while they are at home.
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta