Personal Safety Tips for Seniors
Creating a safer living environment starts with these simple steps.
Furniture should be easy to lean on and strategically placed so it can be used for balance.
Avoid buying furniture that has sharp - and potentially dangerous - corners.
Place frequently used things in cabinets and drawers that are waist high. This eliminates the need to reach high or bend low, which reduces the risk of falling.
Since knobs can be hard to grip, consider switching to drawer pulls.
Avoid using shag or scatter rugs
Tuck electrical cords behind furniture, or use cable management products, which are available in most office supply stores.
Avoid using pet toilet pads in the home.
Create a strong contract in color between major pieces of furniture, walls, drapes, steps and floors.
Make nighttime navigation easier by using nightlights and motion sensor lights, especially along the path between the bed and bathroom.