Tips for Aging in Place
1. Falls are the #1 cause of accidental death in the over 65 population. Some ways you can reduce your risk include the following:
- Keep walkways clear of clutter.
- Get rid of throw rugs or mats - they present a major tripping and slip hazard. At a minimum anchor them and/or install non slip pads underneath.
- Avoid uneven surfaces and make sure walking areas are well lit, especially at night.
- Be very careful with slick floors like marble and porcelain tile, especially in wet areas.
2. Have a carbon monoxide and smoke detector in all sleeping areas and adjacent hallways, including at least one in other living areas on each level of the home. Check them often and replace batteries on a schedule.
3. Have an emergency plan in case of evacuation, including a call list and prescription medication list.
4. Have a well stocked first aid kit available, check it often and replace outdated items immediately.
5. Have a fire extinguisher handy in higher risk areas such as the kitchen and garage.
6. Communicate often with children, caregivers, doctors, neighbors and friends. Don’t feel like you have to do everything yourself - its okay to ask for help. Aging in Place requires a functioning level of health. Don’t risk your independence on something you could easily ask for help with!