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Tips for Home Safety

Jun 14, 2023

Jay Burkhardt

Our participants’ safety – here and in their homes – is of utmost importance to us. That’s why we asked Jennifer Perry, MS,OTR/L from Benchmark Senior Solutions to present at our Caregiver Support Group last month. Here are helpful tips from her session, “Staying Safe in Your Home”:

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the most common cause of injury and injury-related death for people aged 65+. Individuals can help reduce the risk of falls by staying active and keeping their environment safe.

Here are some ways to maintain a safe environment at home:

  • Remove clutter and throw rugs
  • Tidy loose cords
  • Ensure adequate lighting
  • Bathe and dress seated instead of standing
  • Use mobility devices as instructed (no furniture walking!)
  • Avoid chairs with wheels
  • In the shower, consider using grab bars, reachers, and a shower chair/bench
  • Use a raised toilet seat
  • Consider an alert pendant system (bracelet or necklace)
  • Use lever handles instead of doorknobs
  • Use a ramp for entry in/out of the home

Learn more about Benchmark Solutions here.

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