When you are young and healthy, you take many things for granted. By the time we move into our senior years, climbing a set of stairs can be extremely difficult, and a fall in the bathroom can happen in less than a second.
Aging is part of life and we need to take the time to make our home safe to live in for ourselves or for our senior loved ones to live in. Here are some home safety tools and tips you can use to keep yourself or or a senior loved one safe:
Our hearing begins to diminish as we age. Purchasing a phone that amplifies the earpiece will make it much easier to hear and carry on a normal conversation with your friends and loved ones.
Some phones also include a wireless pendant with an emergency button you can push if you fall and cannot get to the phone. You have the option to store up to 30 different emergency phone numbers and when you press the button, it will automatically call the first person on the list and play a message to them. If you are close, the person may be able to hear you talking on the speakerphone. This is a wonderful safety feature every senior needs to have to stay safe in their home.
As we reach our senior years, pain in the joints can be extremely uncomfortable. Twisting lids off medications can be difficult as the pain in your wrists will not allow you to push and turn or to even pop the lid off. Carpal tunnel syndrome is quite common for elderly individuals as it causes numbness in the fingers and it makes it next to impossible to do much with your hands. There are products can help any seniors living at home that need help twisting, pulling, and removing lids. Glasses can be quite useful as well to read to bottles. The OpenIT RX bottle opener also includes a magnifying glass so you can read what your prescription bottle says.
If you are suffering from arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome, you should purchase some wrist splints and wear them often. Wrist splints help to align the nerves and veins, allowing for proper circulation to the hands. Wear the wrist splints at night and even during the day to reduce numbness and pain in the hands.
Railings and support bars
Slips and falls in your home can lead to broken hips and other terrible problems. Make your home safe by adding railings in the hallways and other narrow areas and then add support bars to the bathtub and by the toilet. Support bars will allow you to get up and down more easily, as you can use your arms to help out instead of relying only on your legs to lift you up.
Reach for anything up high without pulling muscles
Since we have learned how to be independent, it can be challenging to let go of a part of our independence and admit we need help. Reaching for cups and other things that may be up high can cause you to stretch and pull your muscles and you may find that without a stool, you will be unable to reach objects that are up high. Using a reaching tool, is a great idea because you don’t have to completely re-arrange your home to fit your aging lifestyle. Instead you can use this tool to reach objects like cups that are up high. It is also helpful to grab items off the floor so you don’t have to bend over to pick them up. It’s lightweight so you can take it with you anywhere you go.
[The tools mentioned above can be found at local medical supply distributors or online at such retailers as HME Medical Shop (hmemedicalshop.com)]
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