For elderly adults that live independently, it’s crucial to ensure they are safe at home. Accidents at home among aging adults are more common than one would think. If you know or care for an aging loved one living independently, there are a few tips you should consider. Here are the most important safety tips from the caregivers at Footprints Home Care in New Mexico.

  • Be Prepared- Always keep a list of emergency numbers handy. Some phone numbers you may want to list include 911, Poison Control, Healthcare Provider, and an Emergency Contact (Family).
  • Prevent Falls- If your loved one has difficulty walking or staying balanced, consider buying a special alarm bracelet or necklace in case of emergencies. Small fixes may include non-slip footwear and a cane or walker.
  • Safety Comes First- Safety-proof the home by ensuring all hallways, stairs, and paths are clear of obstructions and are well-lit. Rails and banisters are also a great way to provide support. If the residence has rugs, make sure they are secure on the floor and unable to move or curl up.
  • Keep the Bathroom Safe- Avoid bathroom hazards by having grab bars near the toilet and shower for easy access. Rubber mats are also a great idea to prevent slipping. We also suggest setting the thermostat on the water heater to avoid scalding water in the bathroom.
  • Stay Organized-Keep all medications organized and in their original containers to avoid any mix-ups. It’s also advised to take all medications in a well-lit area where it is clear to see labels. If maintenance of medications is an issue, a family member or caretaker can help administer them.

Many steps can be taken to ensure the safety of an aging loved one. Other options are available if you’re concerned that independent living isn’t the best situation for your loved one. At Footprints, we offer in-home senior care for Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, and Los Alamos. Please reach out to us at any time with any questions. We are here to help.


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