Home Safety for Seniors: 10 Quick Fixes for Bathroom, Bedroom, and Kitchen

home safety for seniors

Why simple home modifications are helpful

Dangers inside the house add up over time, making it easier for older adults to trip, fall, and hurt themselves. Falls are a top reason why seniors lose independence and mobility.

That’s why it’s so important to make their homes as hazard-free as possible. Safety updates improve:

  • Self-sufficiency and self-reliance
  • Mobility
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Comfort and convenience



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10 quick safety solutions for bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen

Safety ProblemSafe Solutions
1Is the path to the bathroom clear and unobstructed?Remove any clutter or decorative items along that path.
2Is there automatic night lighting near the bed and from the bed to the bathroom?Get simple, inexpensive plug-in night lights that automatically turn on when the area is dim.

Here are three options:

3Are there properly installed grab bars and toilet safety add-ons?No-installation needed

Installation required

Expert Tip: Check here for recommended grab bar placement and installation tips.

4Are there slippery bath mats outside tubs or showers?Remove all traditional bath mats or rugs. Those are very dangerous!

To soak up water after a shower or bath, try a low-profile, non-slip kitchen mat. There are plenty of options in our article about Safe Bath Mats.

5Are tubs or shower floors non-slip?This non-slip spray treatment is highly rated and works better than stick-on products which will eventually come off.

Permanent stick-on non-slip strips are better than removable suction mats. After a while, mats get mildew-y and slippery.

Expert Tip: Make sure the tub or shower floor surface is clean and dry before applying any anti-slip stuff.

6Is there an adjustable hand-held shower head?These convenient shower heads let your senior have the option to sit safely while showering. They’re also quick and easy to install.

Here are some options from Home Depot.

7Is there a shower bench or chair?No installation needed!

Here are three options from Home Depot:

8In the bedroom, can they reach items in the closet and drawers easily?Move frequently-worn clothing to places where it’s easiest to access. Avoid putting things on high shelves, the closet floor, or in drawers that are hard to open.

Expert Tip: Cleaning out unworn clothes (or putting them in a storage area) helps create more space for easier access.

9In the kitchen, are often-used items within easy reach?Move frequently-used items down from high shelves and up from low shelves. Put them within easy arm’s reach.

Expert Tip: This is a good time to get rid of some kitchen clutter too!

10If your older adult can safely use one, is there a safe step stool with a handrail available?Here are two options:

 

Bottom line

These 10 safety updates are quick and simple. Many don’t even require any tools or installation.

Your older adult will probably insist that they can and will take care of these items themselves, but let’s face it, they’ve already had plenty of time and nothing has changed.

Even if you have to insist on doing it for them (or do it secretly as a “surprise”), making these fixes is a wise move than can prevent terrible accidents. Even if they won’t admit it, they’ll be relieved to have these chores off their mind.

 

Next Step  Get even safer with 13 home & kitchen fixes you can do in one day

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Image: S & S Legal Group

 

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