Staying safe at home
At Bluebird Care Gosport, we know that the majority of people would rather stay at home than move into a care home. Making sure your home is a safe, comfortable and practical place to live is important to you being able to live well at home for longer.
Home safety solutions
As we age, we can sometimes experience a deterioration in mobility, motor skills and struggle with balance affecting our gait. Our normal level of senses of hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch may weaken. These changes can have an impact on our reactions and how we interact with our environment.
Here are some tips to help you stay safe at home.
In the kitchen
Numerous accidents usually happen in the kitchen. Taking measures such as keeping knives and sharp objects correctly stored, using rear hot plates on the stove and tucking away loose clothing when cooking can help you stay safe in the home.
It goes without saying but you should never leave cooking unattended and avoid carrying hot liquids any further than needed. A refrigerator door is a suitable place to pin emergency contact information. Be sure to include mobile, work and landline phone numbers for your next of kin, your GP and a list of all medications you currently take.
In the bedroom
The bedroom is also a common place for falls to happen, particularly when getting in and out of bed. Check the height of your bed and consider installing bed rails or raisers to make it easier to get in and out of bed. It is also recommended to get a fall alarm.
In the living room
Often, falls are caused by a slip or a trip on the same level, for example over a rug. Take time to make sure your furniture is steady, comfortable and easy to get in and out of. Another idea is to install lever handles on internal doors as they are easier to grasp and use.
In the bathroom
The chance of slipping and falling in the bathroom is greater than other rooms. Slippery floors, awkward toilet seats and manoeuvring in and out of the bath can all pose a risk, especially if you are less mobile or become frail. Installing grab rails near the shower and toilet can help prevent falls, as well as placing a non-slip bathmat to provide more grip.
On the stairs
Stairs are one of the largest risks when it comes to falls so there are things you can do to improve safety in this area of your home. Make sure there are solid hand rails in place to grab for balance. Ensure the carpet is firmly secured down and eliminate any rugs. Also, ensure the area is well lit throughout night and day.
Staying safe outdoors
Don’t forget outdoors when it comes to home safety. Consider installing a sturdy rail at each entrance to the home and add an outside light to guarantee you have the best visibility.
How to find the right care for you or your relative
1. Find your local office
Bluebird Care delivers care from locally based offices, find yours to start your care journey today.
2. Get in touch with us
Fill in our call back form or give us a call to find out how we can help you.
We’ll come out to you to find out what you or your loved one needs to help stay independent at home.
4. Care team chosen & care starts
You'll be cared for by our specially trained team to support you to remain at home for as long as possible.