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Senior safety: Kitchen dangers

 

After bathrooms, kitchens are considered to be one of the most dangerous areas of a home for seniors. Potential accidents range from cooking fires, spills on the floor or reaching for hard-to-reach objects.

Most kitchen fires occur when food is left unattended, even for a short time, on the stove or in the oven, but others start from other fire hazards such as leftover grease or crumbs on your stove or counter. Keep your cooking areas as clean as possible to avoid these types of situations, and organize appliances so that the most used ones are in a position that’s easily accessible. Unplug them when not in use, keep them away from the sink and most importantly, ensure they are always maintained and used properly. Keep pot handles turned inward. When handles are turned outward, or even to the side, they can be easily bumped, causing the pot to spill or fall over.

Older adults are killed in home fires at twice the rate of society as a whole.This happens because the older we all get, the slower we become to responding to an emergency situation such as that of a house-fire. Properly installed and functioning smoke detectors can greatly reduce the risk of household accident turning into a tragedy. Also, make sure to keep a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen, and make it a priority to teach your loved ones how to use it correctly.

Seniors don’t have to give up their independence or their love of cooking a meal, but it’s important that they have a safe environment for them to be able to go about their routine.

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By |November 12th, 2016|Senior Safety|0 Comments|

Keeping seniors safe in their own home

According to the National Institute of Aging, about 22% of Americans age 71 and older, are already experiencing some degree of decline in their mental faculties. The problems may not be severe enough to prevent them from going about their daily activities, but the subtle changes they are going through are effectively making them more vulnerable.
Keeping safe inside their own home should be a top priority, and the steps to ensure day to day chores run smoothly are simple.
Start by removing all obstacles in the house that could cause tripping. From small floor rugs to objects seniors could accidentally walk into like for example an oversized vase or magazine stand.

Take care of stair safety, by installing railings, lifts, or temporary and portable wheelchair ramps.

Other rooms that could do with alterations are for example kitchens, with the placing of fire detectors, or bathrooms with the installation of elevated toilet seats and adjustable shower seats.
Senior Safe Homes can help you deal with all these changes and modifications by providing safety evaluations to uncover potential hazards and making recommendations to best suit your daily activities.
It is our mission to make every senior feel safe inside their own home.
Call 888.481.7233

By |November 9th, 2016|Senior Safety|0 Comments|

Bathroom grab bar

As age progresses, some people choose to move into a retirement facility in order to feel safer and looked after, but most seniors, prefer to continue living in the comfort of their own home.
The decision to grow old surrounded by familiar faces and belongings, is an important one. One that consequently brings on different changes to the house in question. Safety must in fact be kept high in mind, and a sense of security can be achieved by simple additions. A bathroom grab bar for example.
Statistically each year one-third of adults aged 65 and older, suffer moderate to severe injuries due to falls, many of which, occur in a slippery shower.
Senior Safe Homes provides professional installation and has a wide selection of ADA Approved Grab Bars to choose from.

The Home Care by Moen® Stainless Grab Bar. for example, is designed to help keep your balance when you use the shower or the tub. Made from stainless steel, this bathroom grab bar gives you a firm grip to easily hold on to.

With a few simple home modifications and the addition of installing items such as grab bars outside the tub or shower, you can dramatically reduce the risk of seniors falling while in the bathroom.

Make your loved ones home safer, contact us for more information.
888.481.7233

By |November 3rd, 2016|Senior Safety|0 Comments|

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