How to Prevent Common In-Home Accidents

As we age, our homes can have hidden dangers in it that may cause trips, slips and falls. It is important to address these common in-home dangers to help prevent injury. Read on to learn the leading causes of home injury for seniors and some simple, cost-effective ways to increase household safety.

Falls 

Falling is the leading cause of home injury to seniors; it claims nearly 6,000 lives per year, according to the Home Safety Council. There are many ways to reduce the risk of falling, installing grab bars in their bathtubs and showers is perhaps the most important. Bathroom surfaces can be slippery and bathroom fixtures are exceptionally hard. Loss of balance is a sign your may need in-home help.

Poisoning

The second-leading cause of accidental deaths for seniors is poisoning.This isn’t an issue of accidentally eating poison but about mixing medications. Too often, these cases are related to prescription drugs.  Forgetting that one has already taken a prescription drug and then taking a second dose or combining drugs with over-the-counter medication are common mistakes. One of the best solutions is to have an in-home caregiver to assist with medication times and organization. 

If you or your loved one has issues remembering or is on many different medications, an in-home caregiver can do more than just medication but also act as a liaison to family and doctors should your health issues become more serious. 

Anyone mixing medicines should contact the Poison Help hotline at (800) 222-1222. Staff members can tell you if a given combination of medicines is safe or not. 

Fire and burns 

Home fires and burns claim more than 3,000 lives a year, making it the third-leading cause of accidental home injury deaths. It is critical to have plenty of working smoke alarms and fire extinguishers on hand. Implementing some common-sense safety measures can ensure your home can be your sanctuary throughout your golden years.