Home safety for seniors

Safety is always the number-one priority when anyone is living on their own, especially senior citizens. In fact seniors are more likely to suffer injuries in the home more than anyone else. According to studies conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information:

  • 72% of home accidents involved the bathroom or toilet
  • 18% of home accidents involved the living/family room
  • 14% of home accidents involved the kitchen
  • 11% of home accidents involved the bedroom
  • 10% of home accidents involved the dining room

Additionally, approximately 80% of home accidents involved falls, while other accidents involved injuries by sharp objects, burns, shocks, etc.

However, there are plenty of precautions that can be taken to ensure home safety for your elderly loved one. Make note of these useful tips, which you can also add to a home safety checklist.

General Home Safety

  • Ensure that smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are installed in every room and on every floor of the home. Make certain that all of them are in working order.
  • Consider investing in a medic alert-type device for your loved one. They will be able to immediately call for help with the single push of a button.
  • If the home contains any stairs, make sure that the railings are sturdy and will not break. It’s also important that all stairways contain sufficient lighting with switches at the top and bottom of each staircase. In addition, all steps should be covered in a non-slip surface.
  • Ensure that all electrical cords, telephone cords, loose rugs, etc. are moved out of any normal or potential traffic areas.

Bathroom Safety

  • Always leave the bathroom light on at night for safety, especially if you need to go during the night.
  • Install door locks that can be easily used on both sides of the door.
  • Install safety rails next to the toilet and in the shower/bathtub to allow for ease in getting up and down.
  • Place a non-slip mat in the bathtub in order to prevent slips and falls.

Kitchen Safety

  • Make sure all floors are clean and uncluttered.
  • Ensure that all appliances are marked with clear “on” and “off” switches.
  • Store sharp utensils either on a rack or in a separate drawer.
  • Illuminate all work areas.

Receive a Free Estimate Today!

Looking for more information about walk in tubs prices, request that a local walk in bath tub dealer contact you. It is always a wise decision to request a free estimate because it provides the most accurate pricing quote for up-to-date prices of walk in tubs.

To initiate this process, call us now at (877) 963-7299 or fill in the contact form (on the right) and within twenty-four hours, one of our representatives will contact you.

Custom Walk-in Bathtubs for the following cities in Illinois:

Cook County, Illinois: Berwyn; Blue Island; Burbank; Calumet City; Chicago; Chicago Heights; Country Club Hills; Countryside; Des Plaines; Elgin; Evanston; Harvey; Hickory Hills; Markham; Midlothian; Northlake; Oak Forest; Oak Lawn; Palos Heights; Palos Hills; Park Ridge; Rolling Meadows
Dupage County, Illinois: Addison; Aurora; Bartlett; Batavia; Bensenville; Bloomingdale; Burr Ridge; Carol Stream; Clarendon Hills; Darien; Downers Grove; Elk Grove Village; Elmhurst; Glen Ellyn; Glendale Heights; Hanover Park; Hinsdale; Itasca; Lemont; Lisle; Lombard; Medinah; Naperville; Oak Brook; Oakbrook Terrace; Roselle; Schaumburg; St. Charles; Villa Park; Warrenville; Wayne; West Chicago; Westmont; Wheaton; Winfield; Wood Dale; Woodridge
Kane County, Illinois: Algonquin; Aurora; Barrington Hills; Bartlett; Batavia; Big Rock; Burlington; Campton Hills; Carpentersville; East Dundee; Elburn; Elgin; Geneva; Gilberts; Hampshire; Hoffman Estates; Huntley; Montgomery; North Aurora; Pingree Grove; St. Charles; Sleepy Hollow; South Elgin; Sugar Grove; Wayne; West Dundee
Lake County, Illinois: Antioch; Barrington; Barrington Hills; Bannockburn; Beach Park; Buffalo Grove; Channel Lake; Deerfield; Deer Park; Forest Lake; Fox Lake; Fox Lake Hills; Fox River Grove; Fox River Valley Gardens; Gages Lake; Grandwood Park; Grayslake; Green Oaks; Gurnee; Hainesville; Hawthorn Woods; Highland Park; Highwood; Indian Creek; Ingleside; Island Lake; Kildeer; Lake Barrington; Lake Bluff; Lake Catherine; Lake Forest; Lake Villa; Lake Zurich; Lakemoor; Libertyville; Lincolnshire; Lindenhurst; Long Grove; Mettawa; Mundelein; North Barrington; North Chicago; Old Mill Creek; Park City; Port Barrington; Riverwoods; Round Lake; Round Lake Beach; Round Lake Heights; Round Lake Park; Third Lake; Tower Lakes; Venetian Village; Vernon Hills; Volo; Wadsworth; Wauconda; Winthrop Harbor; Zion
McHenry County, Illinois: Algonquin; Barrington Hills; Bull Valley; Cary; Crystal Lake; Fox Lake; Fox River Grove; Lake County; Greenwood; Harvard; Hebron; Holiday Hills; Huntley; Island Lake; Johnsburg; Lake in the Hills; Lakemoor; Lakewood; Marengo; McCullom Lake; McHenry; Oakwood Hills; Port Barrington; Prairie Groves; Richmond; Ringwood; Spring Grove; Trout Village; Union; Wonder Lake; Woodstock
Will County, Illinois: Aurora; Beecher; Boilingbrook; Channahon; Crest Hill; Crete; Crystal Lawns; Elwood; Fairmont; Frankfort; Frankfort Square; Homer Glen; Joliet; Lockport; Manhattan; Mokena; Monee; Naperville; New Lenox; Park Forest; Peotone; Plainfield; Rockdale; Romeoville; Sauk Village; Shorewood; Steger; Tinley Park; University Park; Wilmington; Woodridge