The number of older adults living either independently or with their children is on the rise. Let’s face it, we don’t always hear the greatest stories about putting our parents in nursing homes and after all, we want them to enjoy the back-end of their lives, right? Well, it’s important to make sure they’re safe at home, whether it’s your home or theirs, so here’s what you need to keep in mind in order to provide them with a safe and secure living environment:
Add Safety Features
- Use tape or rubber mats underneath area rugs so that they don’t move or cause a tripping hazard when walked on.
- Add lighting to hallways, stairways and pathways whether it’s in the form of wall fixtures, ceiling fixtures, or plug-in night lights.
- Install grab bars (especially in the bathroom) as well as railings and handles wherever there are steps in the home.
- Make sure all wiring and electrical panels are up-to-date and up-to-code.
- Never run wires through doorways or under carpets or rugs.
- Replace appliances with worn or damaged electrical cords.
- Avoid plugging appliances, large or small, into extension cords.
- Have smoke detectors installed on every floor of the house and remember to replace the batteries twice a year.
- Keep portable heaters, and any other source of heat, at least three feet away from anything that can burn.
- Don’t use a stove, oven or grill to heat the house, especially if they operate on natural gas or propane.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors near all bedrooms and on each level of the house.
GEN3 is Your Friendly Neighborhood Home Expert. We provide electrical and HVAC maintenance and repairs in order to help homeowners protect their investment. We also specialize in making homes safer for older adults, especially when it comes to comfort and electrical services. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 215-512-4102.