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Furniture straps and senior hazards

Furniture straps and senior hazards
The phrase “accidents just happen” is no excuse to be unprepared and to not make simple changes that could greatly improve a senior’s safety in his home.

The most common hazards that can be found in a senior’s home are in the kitchen and in the bathroom, but the rest of the house needs inspecting too.

Start by installing brighter lighting to make sure everything is always in clear sight. Then make sure you remove, or tack down, all scatter rugs, as well as making sure electrical or telephone cords aren’t in traffic areas of the house where they can be easily missed and tripped over. Same thing goes for other items such as, for example, shoes.

Keep objects that you use the most in drawers or cabinets that are the easiest to reach, so you don’t need to stretch too much to get everyday items. Rethinking the arrangement of your storage shelves may seem like a difficult task if you are used to using a lot of things and everything seems important. In this case consider the idea of having furniture straps installed on both tall and heavy furniture, or on whatever other furniture you consider at risk. Furniture straps avoid tipping hazards, which can easily occur when your are trying to reach something in a high position: you loose your balance and either the object you were reaching for falls on top of you, or, while falling, you instinctively hold on to the furniture, bringing it down with you.

Furniture straps can greatly minimize the risk of tipping hazards, and make you feel more secure about walking around your home.

With the right guidance and adjustments, common household accidents ARE PREVENTABLE and [...]

By |November 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

ADA approved grab bars for senior safety

ADA approved grab bars for senior safety
It’s a fact that although everyone could experience a fall, seniors are prone to falling much more than younger adults are. Luckily, most falls do not result in any injury, with the exception of minor bruises or scraped knees, but falls that occur in the bathroom, bring with them much more serious consequences.

Unfortunately many people still think that grab bars are unnecessary, as their bathroom is fitted with strategically placed towel bars, which, for some, may be used as substitutes. The reality is that towel bars, or shower/tub features, aren’t built to support the weight of a person, but the weight of towels, and are therefore unfit for the job. Grab bars are designed specifically to benefit people with balance or mobility issues, and are the safest tool a person could install in a bathroom environment to prevent falls.

Although safety is our main concern, we also realize the importance of wanting to keep your house feeling like a welcoming home, and that’s why we provide a wide selection of ADA approved grab bars to choose from, to match your decor. 

 

Up to 80% of falls registered in the home, take place in the bathroom, DO NOT underestimate the potential risks of slipping on a wet surface, or falling while getting in and out of a tub or shower.

Contact a Senior Safe Homes safety specialist to learn more about our custom installations and our wide selection of safe, yet aesthetically appealing, grab bars.

Fall proof your home,

Call 888.481.7233

 

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