Five ways to stay safe in your old age

1156484_old_coupleAs people age safety concerns whether it’s in relation to being out and about, general health or in the home become of great importance.

Many simple matters are often overlooked and cause further problems in the future. With this in mind, we have listed five ways to stay safe in your old age.

  1. Improve the bathroom 

A large share of non-fatal accidents involving elderly people are falls. With increased chances of slipping and hard surfaces taking care of personal hygiene can be a daily chore that older people dread. However, safety can be increased. There are many bathroom adaptations, including bespoke fitted designs and innovative appliances, which could help to improve the bathroom space to create a safer environment for the individual concerned.

Premier Bathrooms personalise designs to suit the needs of the individual, including extra-low shower trays, easy-access toilets and basins and assisted showering options. These can help to create a safer and more comfortable bathroom space, which can help to remove the dread of utilising the bathroom space for elderly people.

  1. Easier movement around the home 

As well as the worry of bathroom safety, movement in and around the home can cause safety concerns for the elderly. Simply navigating around the home can cause many problems and as much space as possible should be created to diminish the impact or minimise the occurrence of a fall.

This can include the removal of heavy furniture, clutter on the floor and any unnecessary shelving. By installing grab bars in and around the house in areas where the elderly may need more support, such as high cupboards and long corridors, individuals can carry out everyday tasks safe in the knowledge that they have an extra layer of safety in place. If there are any stairs in property then installing a stair lift will mean that elderly residents can move between floors with ease and comfort. 

Plan journeys efficiently 

A simple journey to the town centre or to visit relatives through public transport can occasionally go awry, should unexpected changes or hurdles crop up. A delay, cancellation or other alterations can serve to scupper daily plans. Planning journeys in advance taking note of scheduled timetables, forecasted weather conditions both in the morning and afternoon, rail replacements and more will help to ensure that you plans stay on track and that your journey is as safe as possible.

Communication 

Stay in touch with family and friends as much as possible especially if you are living on your own. Knowing that someone else is aware of your current health and whereabouts will provide confidence and self-awareness; while keeping the gates of communication between important people in your life open.

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Regular check-ups 

Don’t worry about wasting a doctor’s time, medical professionals are there to assist you and it is important to carry out an annual check up. Most retired people will do this, and this will help to ensure that any health problems you are facing will be looked at and treated before they spiral out of control.

It is also important gain an understanding of the steps you will need to take to improve your current state of health, whether this involves changes to lifestyle or taking your medication at the allotted times.