The elderly are very vulnerable to accidents. In particular, falling, tripping, slipping or falling down a ladder, stairs or bicycle often lead to serious injuries. The accidents mainly occur in and around their own home. They often cause bone fractures and can lead to reduced self-reliance and mobility.

Accidents among seniors can never be completely prevented. But the risk can be considerably reduced, often due to small adjustments in and around the house and responsible consumer items.

Prevent accidents through a number of precautionary measures

  • Good lighting in the house. There must be suitable lighting, certainly on all stairs (including those to the basement) and in all passageways. In addition, the steps must be clearly visible. Make sure that light switches are easily accessible. It is therefore recommended to have a switch on every door. Make sure that the light in the bedroom can be switched on and off from bed. In addition, a night light in the bedroom and in the corridor is also recommended. Secure electrical wires, extension cords, etc. on the wall so that they do not hang loose. To ensure further safety, contact Just Electricians Joondalup.
  • Anti-slip measures on the normal floor (also on the stairs !!) and in the bathroom. Slipping in the bath is very common and the consequences are often serious. You must install anti-slip mats both in and for the bath and shower. If you have the bath separate from the shower, make sure that you can hold on by placing sturdy handles. You must also install handles in the shower cubicle. And a shower seat under the shower is also very practical.
  • Keep the floors clean. Avoid scraps of oil or oil, puddles of water, vegetable peelings, etc. So clean up immediately. If you grind or sand the floors, never walk around with socks. Wear slippers with an anti-slip sole.
    Watch out for sliding carpets, buy them with an anti-slip layer. Curling corners and worn carpets are also dangerous.
  • Other safety precautions such as extra telephone connection on the 1st floor, etc., move regularly, responsible handling of medicines, develop safe habits, removing or chamfering thresholds, getting rid of loose cords and cables.

Fall accidents mean an attack on the self-reliance, independence, and mobility of those affected. Temporary or even forever. A fall can, therefore, be the cause of social isolation, depression and an acceleration of the aging process. In addition, a fall can also cause psychological damage: a fall experience can make someone permanently insecure, which increases the chance of a recurrence. Fall crashes also mean an additional tax for other local facilities such as the Disabled Facilities Act.

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