Simple products can go a long way in making a senior’s home safer and helping them live independently with a lower risk of injury. Here are some of the best options:
- Nonslip rugs and mats – Textured surfaces help reduce slips and falls, especially in bathrooms and walk-in showers.
- Grab bars – Installed in bathrooms, showers and near stairs, grab bars offer stability and support to help seniors transfer positions and maneuverer independently.
- Motion detecting night lights – Night lights that automatically activate provide illumination to avoid hazards and prevent falls during nighttime trips to the bathroom.
- Lever door handles – Lever-style door handles are easier for seniors with limited hand strength or arthritis to open and close.
- Raised toilet seats – Toilet seats that raise a few inches make it easier and more comfortable for seniors to use the facilities.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors – Essential for warning seniors of fire and gas hazards that pose injury risks.
- Accessibility handles and railings – Installed throughout the home, accessibility handles and railings provide balance and support, helping to avoid falls and injuries.
- Emergency alert systems – Medical alarm systems allow seniors to call for help if they sustain an injury and are unable to reach a phone.
- Evacuation Chairs – These products ensure seniors can safely evacuate the building. Best to request your building manager to invest in these for your whole building, but you can also consider buying them individually for your family and friends.
Even simple products installed strategically throughout the home can significantly reduce hazards for seniors.
Accessible Places can perform an in-depth home safety assessment and recommend a customized list of the most effective safety products, based on a senior’s specific needs, abilities, and injury risks.