It’s not always easy to understand the dangers that come with aging and physical limitations. Aging in the home can be a source of comfort for senior loved ones, but it can also be dangerous if the right precautions are not taken. What was once their safest haven, has now become an obstacle course of dangerous hazards. From forgetting to turn off the kitchen burner to slipping in the shower, a senior’s home can become a hazardous place. However, the following safeguards can help ensure that your loved ones are safe in their home.

1. Secure Carpet Rugs

Loose rugs can be tripping hazards for seniors. With their eyesight failing, seniors have a difficult time seeing to get around their home. Many seniors can’t see when something is in their path or if a folded rug is a potential tripping hazard. Double-sided tape can help secure rugs to the ground and prevent your loved ones from tripping and injuring themselves.

2. Prevent Slips and Falls in the Bathroom

With wet floors and confined spaces, the bathroom can be dangerous for a senior who is weak and prone to falling. One way to help assure your loved one’s safety is by installing grab bars or a shower chair. Place the grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower to make sure your loved one has assistance in getting up or regaining balance. A shower chair is optimal for seniors who can’t stand for long or easily lose their balance. It allows them to sit and shower, ensuring they don’t fall.

3. Improve Lighting

If your loved ones are struggling to move around in their home, try adding more light to the hallways, storage closets, and kitchen. Their vision is fading, and a dark home only makes it harder to safely get around. Many times changing the light bulbs to a stronger wattage is all that is required. Improved lighting can go a long way to helping your loved ones feel safer and more confident in their home

4. Install and Check Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are a small safety precaution that many people forget to check up on. If your loved one suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s, this is especially important. Seniors with dementia can forget to turn off the oven or stove or even space heaters which can be a great fire hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, it is advised to check your smoke detector monthly and change the batteries twice a year. An up-to-date smoke detector will help ensure their safety if anything like this were to occur.

 5. Purchase a Medical Alert System

One out of every three people over the age of 65 will experience a fall. Falls are the leading cause of serious injury among seniors. Medical alert systems are encouraged because they can inform you if a loved one experiences any medical emergencies as well as dispatch any medical emergency personnel. A medical alert system is a great investment to secure peace of mind for you and your loved one.

There is no way to foresee every potential danger in your loved one’s home. However, by taking these precautions, you can help your loved one age safely and comfortably in their home.