Studies show most older adults want to live in their own homes for as long as possible. Helping them stay safe and avoid falls and injuries is the best way to do this. The same small changes that keep an older adult safe at home can protect any family. * Install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
* Keep stairs, landings and floors free of clutter.
* Keep electrical cords tucked away, free of walkways.
* Follow product label instructions for storing household cleaners and chemicals.
* Do not mix household cleaners together.
* Make sure the water heater is set to no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding.
* Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
* Post a list of emergency telephone numbers near every phone in the house.
* Tape small rugs to the floor or do not use them at all.
* Make sure hallways are well lit.
In addition to these basic steps, seniors may want to enlist the help of a cleaning firm or senior companion service to help with light cleaning, errands and basic home safety.
To learn more, visit: www.homesafetycouncil.org.