Make Your Home a Safe Space for Retirement Living
Everyone feels most at home. The same goes for older citizens, in fact, more so for them. Being in a familiar environment promotes better health and peace of mind. However, living at home independently means taking extra care to stay safe, since things can go downhill easily if the right safety measures are not undertaken.
To ensure that your home is a safe place to enjoy your golden days, here are some things to keep in mind:
1. In the Bathroom
The bathroom is the first place to install safety equipment in, because of its slippery floors and constricted space.
- Trade a bathtub for a shower and consider a bathing seat if you cannot stand for too long.
- Change regular faucets to temperature-controlled ones so as to avoid burns.
- If the toilet is too low, get a comfort height seat.
- Include more handles and bars for holding on to; these also serve as excellent towel racks.
- Replace soap bars with liquid soap or use a tie so it is easy to pick up if it slips.
- Get an anti-skid mat.
- Ensure the bathroom has a nightlight on when you go to sleep.
2. In the Kitchen
The kitchen is another area in the house where you may be prone to cuts and burns.
- Mark the on and off tabs on the stove burner clearly, so there is no confusion.
- Keep heavier, and often-used dishes at lower shelves for easy access.
- Get your greasy taps, floors, and ledges cleaned often; also sop up any spills immediately.
- Replace faulty appliances.
- Use a cloth or anti-skid mat near the sink to avoid slipping if there is any leakage.
- Keep your cabinet doors and drawers shut when you are not using them.
- If possible, get a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.
3. In the House
Apart from these two spaces, generally clearing the house of any potential fall risks will also improve your wellbeing and confidence to live independently.
- Check your flooring to ensure that it is even and not too slippery.
- Arrange your furniture such that it does not come in your way.
- Invest in good lighting; this will be handy especially during the night, and on dark days.
- If you have stairs at home, make sure you can grab onto the railing when you climb.
- Remove hanging or extended cords.
- Lock your doors and windows, especially at night.
- Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.
Although this may seem like an overwhelming list of things to get done, and you may feel it is unnecessary sometimes, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Your safety as well as your freedom is important, especially in your later years.