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A Guide to Staying Safe at Home

12:00am & Tips and Advice

An elderly couple stands proud in front of the house they keep safe

We've spent a fair amount of time in our homes during this pandemic. Although remaining at home has helped to slow the spread of COVID-19, the risk of household accidents has increased. This guide will walk you through a few easy steps to keep you safe and secure for several years to come. 

Safety Starting with your Health  

Keeping a close eye on your everyday choices will help you prevent accidents at home. Taking care of your body, particularly as you get age, is a crucial part of living a safe and injury-free life at home. Aging causes a loss of muscle density, bone mass, and joint strength, which can lead to injury. While these changes are an inevitable aspect of growing older, you may take precautions to prevent or postpone them. Stretching will aid in the flexibility of your joints. Moving and weight lifting are two workouts that will help you keep your bone mass. For greater muscle mass and bone density, try water-related exercises for non-weight-bearing movements. 


Make contact with your physician. They can answer any medical issues you might have while still offering helpful advice about how to stay well. Visit the doctor on a regular basis to see if you're having enough sleep and eating the right foods to stay well. To avoid accidents, have your hearing and vision checked once a year. Make sure you're getting your medications filled on schedule. To avoid lifestyle or health changes that may lead to an illness, remember to take your medicine on time as directed by your doctor. 


 Assess the Safety of your Environment   

Make a risk management guide, and have someone go over it for you to check for common dangers you may have overlooked on your own. Have them help you test hard-to-reach areas such as smoke and CO2 alarms to make sure they work properly. Look for areas where there may be a chance of slipping. To avoid slips, install grab bars in the bathroom and mats beneath rugs. Reduce stair-related accidents by installing a stairlift in your house. Many common stair trip hazards can be avoided inside your house. Stairlifts are a very useful home modification because they have mechanisms to keep you secure as you move between floors.  

 Come Up with a Plan 

When unpredictable does happen from time to time, it's good to have a plan.  What matters is that you prepare for the inevitable. Speak with someone you can trust and make a plan for what to do in the event of an emergency. Maintain open lines of contact and allow friends or family members to check up with you on a regular basis. Have a list of emergency phone numbers on all floors of your house. Have your phone with you or close by at all hours. Wearing a smartwatch or other assistive device could be a wonderful addition to help you from falling and keep you safe. 

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