Home Sweet Home can be a dangerous place. Falls, sprains, strains, and burns are a common source of injuries for older adults. In planning for home safety, follow a few simple guidelines, adapting them to your own needs:
Smooth sailing. Transitioning from outside the home to inside, from down-stairs to upstairs, and from room to room should be as smooth as possible. Think level thresholds, nonskid flooring, and no loose rugs or carpeting to snag feet, walkers, canes, or wheelchairs.
Light up. Not only does ample lighting prevent falls, it deters crime. Well-lit pathways, entrances, and driveways scare off burglars.
Level the playing field. Keep work surfaces, frequently used drawers, tables, countertops, and storage areas at a comfortable height, to prevent the need to reach up high or bend down low to retrieve items or complete tasks.