Common Signs That Your Loved One Needs a Safer Home

Bethesda Health | July 17, 2014

Health conditions and the five senses decline as seniors grow older, turning previously easy tasks into huge obstacles. As a result, it is imperative to take precautions to ensure that seniors are safe in their own homes.

Health Conditions that Require Home Safety Modifications

Health conditions that can put our loved ones at risk for serious injury include:

However, seniors that display these signs do not automatically need to be placed in assisted living or skilled nursing care. Most seniors want to stay in their home as long as possible, and it is very beneficial to their health to stay at home as long as they can. This is especially true for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Changing Senses that Benefit from Home Safety Modifications

When our loved ones get older, their hearing, vision, taste, touch and smell can change quickly in the following ways:

If your loved one experiences declining senses, it is important to take all precautions to accommodate this lack of sense.

Take Precautions to Make a Senior’s Home Safer

By taking preemptive measures to review your loved one’s home once a year, you can reduce their risk for injury and help ensure their safety. We can help them by performing a room-by-room safety check. Bedrooms and bathrooms lead the way for the most unsafe areas in the home, and attribute to falling – the most common type of injury suffered at home. In fact, there are many things that we would not normally consider obstacles in the home that could cause a senior to fall. Use this checklist when completing a room-by-room safety check to help seniors safeguard their home.

Learn More Senior Home Safety Tips Today

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