At-home accidents are still a leading cause of death among those who are 65 years of age or older, and those who are older than 75 are four times more likely to die from a home related injury than those who range between 65 to 74 years old.
- One of the common causes of an in-home accident is a loss of balance. By including some simple balancing exercises into our workout routine and rising more slowing and deliberately from furniture, we can prevent the possibility of dizziness and loss of balance.
- Always store prescription medications in their original bottle. If you must transfer the pills to another container, make sure to also transfer the proper expiration dates in writing as well.
- Always follow the instructions on all prescription medications. Check the expiration dates, even on over-the-counter medications as well.
- Get a routine eye examination at least once per year. Check to make sure that your current eyeglasses prescriptions do not need to be changed.
- Consider wearing an alert device that sends an automatic alarm to paramedics in case of a fall.
- Post the proper emergency phone numbers next to all phones for easier access. Include one for the National Poison Control Hotline as well.
- Check to make sure that all rugs are secure or have a slip-resistant backing.
- Install secure hand railing on all staircases. Make sure that there is a clear and easily accessible light switch at the tops and bottoms of all staircases, too.
- Check all stairway carpet to ensure that it is properly secured. Check for broken or uneven steps as well.
- Consider placing a flashlight in your nightstand for emergencies and perhaps some nightlights throughout those areas of the home that you are more likely to visit during the night.
Following these ten simple tips will greatly improve the safety of your home. Remember the motto: Safety First. By making these few simple changes, you might just add years to your life or save the lives of your loved ones.