There are currently 40 million people aged 65 or older in the United States. By 2050, that number will increase to 88 million. At Protect America, we’ve assembled a short guide to insuring the safety of older adults at home.
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Install a nonskid matt or strips in your shower or bath’s standing area. Have a carpenter install grab bars in your bath or shower, and next to the toilet. Install elevated toilet seats, if necessary.
Have an emergency escape plan ready. Install smoke detectors on every floor and in every bedroom. Install a carbon monoxide detector. Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
Post emergency numbers on or near the telephone.
A medical alert can be a great way to insure a loved one is safe. Alternately, use a ‘buddy system’ to routinely check on your loved one.
Rearrange any furniture that could restrict movement. Remove low furniture such as coffee tables and footstools.
Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This will reduce your risk of scalding.
Install handrails on both sides of your stairs. Clearly mark the beginning and end of your stairs. Install light switches at both the top and bottom of stairways.
Install door handles with lever-actions instead of round knobs. Make sure door thresholds are low and beveled, or nonexistent. Make sure your front and back doors have bolted locks and peepholes.
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