Home safety should be a concern at any age, but particularly for seniors. In fact, injuries from falls, home fires and medication errors are much more common among those 65 and older for reasons that may include weaker muscles, more brittle bones, slower reaction times, impaired vision and balance, or perhaps even diminished cognitive abilities. But there are ways to reduce your risk. Here’s how to improve home safety for seniors.
While these tips can certainly improve home safety for seniors, it can be a lot to manage. Not to mention the cost of safety upgrades such as grab bars and handrails, wheelchair ramps, or more substantial remodeling to widen doorways or adjust flooring.
On the other hand, senior living communities are designed specifically to include safety features such as emergency response systems, grab bars, ramps, generators, and transportation as standard. But these communities have plenty of other benefits that can also be harder to come by at home such as maintenance-free living, a full calendar of social and enrichment opportunities, and a host of resort-like amenities to not only make life more convenient but also to help you make the most out of it!