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Home safety tips for seniors

Read a variety of tips on how seniors can stay safe in their homes.

Due to the growing popularity of in-home care for seniors, it's important to make sure you and your loved ones are aware of the potential dangers present in the home. As we get older our bodies change. We move a little slower, don't see quite as well and our bodies begin to lose some of the strength needed to maintain balance. Combined, these changes can lead to accidents such as falls or sprains. However, seniors can continue to live healthy and active lifestyles for a very long time. To prepare you or your loved one’s home, use the following home safety tips for seniors:

  • Wear proper fitting shoes with low heels.
  • Ensure staircase steps have a non-slip surface.
  • Use a correctly measured walking aid.
  • Remove or tack down all scatter rugs.
  • Remove electrical or telephone cords from traffic areas.
  • Avoid using slippery wax on floors.
  • Wipe up spills promptly.
  • Avoid standing on ladders or chairs.
  • Have sturdy rails for all stairs inside and outside the house.
  • Keep floors clean and uncluttered.
  • Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor of the home.

Another great idea is to consider medical alerts for seniors. WH Security provides medical alerts to protect you and your loved ones 24 hours a day. Medical alerts include in-home installation and around-the-clock assistance in any emergency. How great would it be to have peace-of-mind knowing that WH Security’s medical alert system connects you or your loved one to the most dependable emergency support at all times? For more information, call a representative at (763) 477-3664 or visit our medical alert system page.