For those with limited mobility, living on their own at home can be a real challenge. There is an increased risk of accidents even when performing everyday tasks and many items in the home can become a trip over hazard. So, what are some ways to help prevent these accidents?
It’s a good idea to walk through the home and think about what it is like for someone with limited mobility. What kinds of hazards do you see? For example, do you see any electrical wires or phone cords stretching across a walk-through area? This could be a dangerous trip over hazard. It is a good idea to fix cords and wires against a wall so that there are not in the way. If this is not possible, you might need to think about ways to arrange the furniture differently so that electrical appliances are situated closely to electrical outlets, etc. Why not check the condition of these appliances at the same time? Check that electrical cords are not frayed or have exposed wires, which would be a fire hazard.
The bathroom is another area that has a big potential for fall-related accidents. Make sure there are sufficient grab bars installed and place slip-resistant mats in the bath and on the floor. Carpets and rugs need to be checked to make sure they have a good slip-resistant rubber backing. Make sure stairs have sturdy handrails, maybe even one on each side of the stairs.
As we see, there are many places in the home that could become hazardous to someone with limited mobility. You will, no doubt, think of additional areas that could be improved.