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Home Safety Tips
Safe and Independent living is our goal for all our seniors!
Here are some good tips to keep that a reality:
- Consider using a medical alert systems (e.g. Lifeline).
- Have a family member or friend that you do not live with do a check-in by phone 2-3 times per week.
- Keep walkways and traffic areas clear of clutter, electrical cords, etc. Wipe up spills and messes right away.
- Be sure to have good lighting in all work areas, walkways, and stairs.
- Take your time on stairs and when getting up from a sitting or lying position.
- Remove unnecessary mats and rugs. Apply non-slip surface aids in tubs and bathrooms.
- Use bright colors or visual aids to mark “on” and “off” positions of appliances. Whenever possible install/use appliances with auto shut-off features.
- Have smoke detectors checked once per month and promptly replace batteries.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and on every floor.
5 Great Ideas to Keep Seniors Plugged-In from National Senior Living Partners (NSLPN)
1. The Wii by Sony – This may seem like a children’s video game but believe me it is so much more. From virtual tennis, golf, and bowling, to exercise routines and yoga class, the Wii is something that engages both the mind and the body. And because many of the games can be played together it can be a great social tool as well.
2. The Internet – You’re reading this which makes this choice seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people think that Seniors are incapable of working a computer. The reality is whatever they are interested in is what they do, just like the rest of us. And there are some great sites for seniors like http://www.silverplanet.com/ or http://www.growingbolder.com/.
3. The Cell Phone – Because who doesn’t like to talk on the phone. It’s practical and it is a great safety feature to have a cell phone in your pocket. Plus there are so many easy cell phones like the Jitterbug that there really isn’t an excuse not to have one.
4. Personal Massage Items – As we get older we all seem to have a few nagging aches and pains that just don’t want to let up. That’s when our seniors can use a great chair massager or back massager or foot massager. It helps with stiffness and sore muscles and keeps the circulation flowing. There are so many out there to choose from that it seems like Brookstone, Sharper Image, and Hammacher Schlemmer have made it their mission to find the best and confuse us into purchasing at least one for our seniors.
5. Light Sensors – This is one of our many modern conveniences that we all benefit from but Seniors perhaps get the most reward. And I think my favorite light sensing item for our Elders is Light Sensing Slippers. When you get out of bed at night and its dark, what better way to light your way then a pair of light sensing slippers?
Here are some links to other sites you might find helpful:
HelpGuide.org – One of the best web resources for senior mental health information.
NEW: Drugwatch.com – Consumer watchdog (and information source) for pharmaceutical and medical devices.
The Senior List– A very good resource for services outside our area.