Need help making my home safer

Manatee

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Location
Florida
First, we would not buy or live in any place with stairs.
All the doorknobs have been replaced with lever handles. Simple job screwdriver, six screws.
All light switches have been replaced with "rocker switches" which are easy to nudge with wrist or elbow when carrying something. Switches for lights are illuminated, switches for ceiling fans are not. Bathroom has a motion sensor switch, you walk in the light comes on. When you leave it gives you a minute to get back in bed and then goes off.
Caller ID on the TV screen lets you know which calls to ignore.

Remember that never again will you be as young as you are right this minute. Plan ahead.
 

Camper6

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The video has a chair nearby, but what if you don't.? I practice getting up. Roll over on your stomach. Raise up on your arms. Bring up one knee as in the video. Then push up with the bent knee and bring up the other leg and knee in a squat position. Rest and slowly raise up. Much easier if there is something to grab onto.
 

Giantsfan1954

Active member
Took a class on this sponsored by my local office for the aging...
1-bright lighting inside and out.
2- make sure you reach back and locate the seat you're planning on,especially if your backing into a seat,like with a walker.
3,-raised toilet or one of those risers they sell in catalogs and a grab bar.
4-no throw rugs,or "waterfall" style carpet on stairs.
5- no extension cords
6- keep phone close by your favorite seat,if no life alert,keep a cordless phone and move around the house with it.
7- no standing on chairs,tables to change a lightbulb or kill a mosquito,etc.
 

Camper6

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Change the light bulbs so it's brighter especially in these darker months. Old bulbs don't put out the same lumens as new ones.
Bright light in the winter is essential and get as much sunlight as you can. You will feel better.
 

Kaila

Well-known member
Keep extra flashlights (called torches in UK ?) in more rooms, in low places, and back-up batteries.
Easier and safer to get to and to use, if needed, than candles and matches.
 

win231

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Location
CA
We frequently need to get out of bed before morning. The bedroom is still dark & we should not have to get up & walk to the light switch. I found a good solution. I hung a small LED flashlight that I can reach before getting up. It's pointed at the ceiling, so it floods the whole room with dim light. Much better than holding it, which concentrates the light in a small area.
Also, if you need glasses, have them available nearby without getting up.
 

Camper6

Well-known member
There are remote ways to turn on lamps without having to get out of bed.

I have a switch on the cord to the lamp beside the bed.

Checked yesterday at the dollar store. They have a night light that projects on to the ceiling and supposedly spreads a dim light. I haven't tried it yet.
 

DaveA

Well-known member
And keep a cell phone on your person or near at hand so you can call if you do need help.
Good point. I make sure that I always have the cellphone in my pocket when going out in the yard or to the garage or shed. I no longer walk to our fields behind the buildings but use the car or riding mower. Nobody'd even hear you yelling if you took a fall back there.

And regarding bedroom lights - -we have all three lights and the oscillating fan connected through a remote on the bed table beside me. Can turn them all on or off without arising.
 

win231

Well-known member
Location
CA
Good point. I make sure that I always have the cellphone in my pocket when going out in the yard or to the garage or shed. I no longer walk to our fields behind the buildings but use the car or riding mower. Nobody'd even hear you yelling if you took a fall back there.

And regarding bedroom lights - -we have all three lights and the oscillating fan connected through a remote on the bed table beside me. Can turn them all on or off without arising.
Yes, great idea. We can't predict where we will be in an emergency. I have 6 hand pieces for my cordless phone in every room, plus a land line.
 

Sunny

Well-known member
Location
Maryland
Good suggestions, especially about the rails in the bathtub or shower, and about not leaving unexpected items where you can trip over them. If you do leave an item on the floor where you don't normally have anything there, put it over next to the wall, where you are not likely to walk.

I have one of those life alert systems that I wear, but at times I forget to put it on, so I have a backup system. Every morning at 10:00, I send a text to two of my children, just saying, "Hi." Of course, sometimes I add something if I have anything to discuss with them, or ask them about. The agreement is that if they don't hear from me by about 10:15, they send me a text asking if everything is OK. If I don't answer, they call me. If no answer to that, my son is supposed to come over. He has a key to my apartment. Fortunately, it hasn't happened yet. But we all feel a lot more secure knowing that they are expecting a daily reminder from me.

When getting up at night to use the bathroom (or whatever the reason), always turn on a bedside lamp. Or have a night light in your room. Don't ever try to walk in the dark.
 

JB in SC

Active member
Location
Upstate
We replaced our lighting with 4000k 1‘ X 4’ led units for the kitchen and garage. Also added a round led light at our stairway. Made a big difference in our case. I had no idea how poorly lit our home was until installing the leds.

No area rugs.

Floor level led strips near chairs sofas, etc are a good idea if a person has furniture in the the way that may be a trip hazard.

All the normal handrails etc.
 

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