According to a Statistics Canada study, over half of all seniors’ injuries occur while walking or doing household chores. Overall, falls are the leading cause of injury, with about 63% of seniors injured this way. Home safety, whether it’s in the family home or in a residential care home, is critically important after one turns 65. Most people aren’t aware of how dangerous the home can be.
That’s why at The Hamlets at Westsyde in Kamloops, we have designed our suites with safety in mind. Here are a few home safety tips that we recommend for any senior:
Watch where you’re walking
Since falls are so common, you want to remove anything that could possibly lead to a trip and fall. Tack down or remove any area rugs. Ensure that electrical or telephone cords aren’t stretched across places where you usually walk. Make sure that steps have non-slip surfaces and that your floors aren’t covered in slippery wax.
Lighting always helps
As you get older, your eyesight starts to go as well, which means that dimly lit areas become doubly dangerous. Ensure that your home is well lit, with on/off switches for your lights at both ends of the hallway, room, or staircase. Make sure that all work areas in the kitchen are bright so that you can see exactly what you’re doing.
The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous areas of a home, with all those slippery tiles. Use recommended bath aids, such as bath mats, safety bars, or even a safety seat. A walk-in bathtub might even be the best idea. At night, always leave a light on in the bathroom so that you can see what you’re doing when nature calls after midnight.
At The Hamlets at Westsyde, we’ve taken care of these safety concerns, plus we have numerous other amenities for you to come and see. Call us today to find out how we can help you move into one of the best retirement homes in Kamloops.