SENIOR SAFETY TIPS

Sometimes making the investment in a senior alarm device isn’t enough to keep you safe from falls and accidents at home. We put together this helpful infographic to help you take the necessary precautions for preventing a fall.



Staying safe around the house is important for everyone, but especially for seniors, who may be facing health problems and limited mobility. As the American population continues to age, in-home safety will continue to be of vital importance. About one-third of older Americans (those 65 and up) will suffer a fall this year; the sooner the person is found, the greater the chance of survival.

Fifty percent of people who fall need assistance to get up. Medical alert systems can provide peace of mind for seniors and their families.

People over the age of 80 die in fires at a rate three times higher than the rest of the population.

About 30% of older Americans who aren't instituionalized live alone. 1 of every 2 women 75 and older live alone.

1 out of 3 older adults falls each year. In 2008, more than 19,700 older Americans died from unintentional fall injuries.

Now: 1 in 8 Americans is 65 or older. By 2030, it will be almost 1 in 5.

Exercise regularly. Gentle movement is best of older people, so consider Tai Chi or similar programs.

Have your eyes checked at least once a year and update your eyeglass prescription. Consider single-vision distance lenses for some activities, such as outdoor walking.

SAFETY TIPS

1. Handrails on both sides of stairs.

2. Make sure the home doesn't have extension cords or long cables in walking paths.

3. Keep walkways as clear as possible, and be sure pets are not frequently underfoot.

4. Keep ash trays, lighters and other fire sources (heaters, hot plates, tea pots) away from beds and bedding.

5. Cooking related accidents are the leading case of fire injuries for older Americans. Long sleeves are more likely to catch fire.

6. Have at leat one phone where it would be accessible in the event of an accident. Consider a cordless phone, but make sure it's charged and keep it with you.

7. Improve the lighting in your home.

8. Install and maintain at least one smoke detector on each floor of the home.

9. Use slip-resistant carpets and rugs.

10. Ask your doctor to review your medication to identify any side effects, such as dizziness or drowsiness.

11. Place grab bars and non-slip mats in bathtub.

12. Turn water heater temperature to 120 degrees to prevent scalding.

13. Heating Equipment is blamed for many fires in the homes of elderly people. Exercise caution when using space heaters and wood stoves.