The holidays bring about an excitement to the air, and it’s a time when people of all ages from toddlers to seniors decorate the house, go out shopping, and attend special seasonal activities of all kinds. It’s a good time to review some safety tips that are not only good for seniors to keep in mind, but also for everyone to heed. Staying safe will ensure that you are able to enjoy your holidays to the fullest, no matter your age! Whether it involves purchasing and using elder care products designed to improve safety or it’s simply moving things in a home around to provide safer walking paths, it’s all important. Here are a few good tips to follow this holiday season:
1. When decorating, keep the decorations simple and uncluttered. Always leave yourself or your loved one plenty of room to walk – for example, if you’re spreading out light strands throughout the room to check bulbs, don’t put yourself in a position where you will have to balance unnecessarily to walk without stepping on things. Make sure there are no extension cords spread across the floor either, which can pose a tripping hazard.
2. As for lighting, replace candles with electronic flaming decorations, so that you or your loved one won’t have to bother with flames or lighting materials. Ensure that any holiday lighting you use is nice and bright – dimly lit locations throughout the home can hide tripping hazards. Add night lights throughout the home if necessary, and use remote control switches for holiday lights to eliminate bending over, crawling on the floor, or the need to struggle to plug in and unplug lights.
3. Pay attention to the floor. In addition to keeping things clear when decorating, keep it clear afterwards, too. Look for telephone cords, electrical cords, tools or utensils, and rugs that slip around on the floor – add a non-slip pad underneath those. Are bathroom floors prone to be slippery? If so, either put down non-slip pads or remove any area rugs that easily move around. Don’t be afraid to have furniture in the house rearranged in order to allow people to easily move around – things like low coffee tables can present a serious risk of injury.
4. Use equipment and products designed for the safety of seniors. There is a wide variety of equipment for elderly care at home available, ranging from walking frames for the elderly to incontinence products and more. With so much available to help ease any issues that seniors often face, there is no reason not to take advantage of products that can ultimately help you or the senior you love enjoy this holiday season to its fullest.
When the holidays arrive, it’s important for seniors to continue to take part in activities with family and friends. However, there are certain things that must be done to ensure the safety of seniors (and everyone else, too). Be sure to take the time necessary this season to ensure that your loved one will be safe and away from hazards. Happy holidays!