Senior Living: How To Remain Safe In Your Senior Years

olderseniorswalkingOne of the worst consequences of silly little accidents is the pain they can cause over the next few weeks. Something as simple as a small trip over a small object left lying on the floor can jar the person’s back and leave him or her in pain and unable to move properly for as long as a month, even when in good shape and able bodied. For seniors, the risk is greater than for any other age group as the ability of one’s body to heal itself often decreases as the individual ages. As a result, seniors experience longer healing times and the chances of one having a full recovery are decreased. While this effect of the accident is at the most extreme level, it remains a possibility and establishing personal safety as one moves into the senior years becomes more important to prevent long term, life changing effects of an accident.

Tips For Being Safe

Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents occurring in one’s home. They are also the most common reasons seniors experience injuries. While many are innocuous and only result in bruising, others cause the joints to be jarred, the muscles become stiff and may even cause a joint dislocation or broken bones. These more serious injuries have the potential of stopping a senior adult in his or her tracks, often temporarily but sometimes permanently. Seniors need to develop an awareness of the hazards in order to reduce the potential for this type of injury at its source.

Even though you do not naturally notice these types of hazards, it is possible to develop an awareness of them. They surround all of us, all the time; however, many are unaware of them unless they train themselves to be aware of this. However, it is essential that seniors avoid a paranoia about accidents in the home as such worry can also affect one’s health and make the individual afraid of doing anything. Seniors need to develop a balance between the tow, where they are diligent in being aware of the hazards without being so paranoid they fear getting out of bed.

The most common hazards responsible for slips and falls include loose floor coverings, including rugs and carpets as well as other items left lying on the floor in an inconvenient place. Residents will find it easy enough to prevent such hazards from occurring.  For example, one should check carpets every few months to ensure they remain fit tightly in place. If not, one should call for maintenance. Any loose fittings should be tightened or replaced. They should be checked again in a couple of weeks after the repairs are made to ensure they remain firmly in place. Rugs that form a trip hazard need to be removed immediately or at least moved to an out of the way place in the room in order to provide a decorative effect without forming a trip hazard. If rugs must remain in place they should be attached to the floor using a good quality carpet tape, applied near the edges so they do not curl.

When one makes the home check for hazards initially, the furniture may need to be moved to another location. Rearrange the entire living space, including family room, bedroom and other rooms that are often used to ensure everything is located safely. Entrances should never be blocked. Smaller pieces of furniture need to be located away from walkways and commonly used areas. Take the layout of the home into consideration when following these suggestions and they will make sense. By spending a few minutes today, ensuring the home is safe, you can eliminate weeks of pain and possible permanent disability.

About Susan Day

Susan Day is a mother to two beautiful daughters and a grandmother to one adorable five year old boy. She is determined to live an active, happy life well beyond here current 70 years of age!