Many patients discharged from the hospital return directly home with ongoing therapy and/or nursing care. Creating a safe home environment for a loved one is key for them to remain at home.
When caring for someone at home, consider the following home safety tips:
- Check each room for potential hazards.
- Place grab bars beside the toilet, beside the bath tub and inside the shower.
- Consider a hand-held shower and shower seat.
- Baby monitors will allow you to hear if your loved one needs help.
- Avoid using portable space heaters.
- Keep walking areas free of furniture and cords.
- Remove or tape down any cords/wires, and know where flooring is uneven such as thresholds.
- Remove clutter and throw rugs.
- Have all areas of the home well lit (consider night lights in bathrooms and bedrooms).
- Widen pathways to allow for easier walker or wheelchair access.
- Install handrails on stairs.
- Keep frequently used items within reach.
- Consider widening doorways or adding ramps.
- Mark the edges of outdoor steps with bright non-slip tape.
- Display emergency numbers and your home address near all telephones.
- Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Keeping your loved one in the surroundings of home is helpful to the healing process and helps to maintain his/her independence. It also can ease the stress of caregiving.
Learn more about safeguarding your home by visiting the following websites: