Buffalo-area seniors can receive a free home safety check from Home Instead Senior Care’s local office through Tuesday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of the 20 million emergency room visits by seniors each year are for injuries, and doctors estimate that half of those injuries can be avoided with a few changes to the home environment.
“The home should be the safest and most comfortable place for aging seniors,” Lisa Wiedemann, of the Home Instead office serving Buffalo, said in a news release.
Most injuries are the result of falls, and most falls occur in the bathroom or bedroom. Beds should be the right height, floors should be free of clutter, and there should be a phone close to hand in the bedrooms. Bathrooms should be well lit, floors should have nonslip rugs and grab bars should be installed in bathrooms.
Safety experts recommend that family members do a thorough safety check of their seniors’ homes at least once a year, making sure there are secure railings and good lighting, and that floors are slip-proof and free of clutter and electrical cords.
For a free home safety check, call the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 630-0657. For more information, visit makinghomesaferforseniors.com.