Aging in place is an appealing idea for many seniors. The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. “ Keeping the environment safe and secure from hazards is the best way to accomplish this. Did you know
- 6 out of every 10 falls happen at home.
- 1 out of 3 adults over 65 will get in juried in a fall.
- Falls are the leading cause of nonfatal and fatal injuries in older adults?
The good news is that many injuries are preventable and the bathroom is a great place to start. Typically bathrooms have hard surfaces that are often wet. Installing grab bars and placing a nonskid mat inside and outside the shower or tub goes a long way toward creating a safe and comfortable environment. Bath benches or shower chairs can be helpful and always get out of the tub with your strong side first. Toilet safety frames are excellent for those who may need extra assistance when sitting or standing. Remember to check your water heater and set it to 120 degrees or lower to prevent scalding. Nightlights or motion lighting will ensure a well-lit area even at night time.
The quality and comfort of life all start with safety. According to NIH Senior Health many falls can be prevented by a few simple changes to the living area, as well as personal or lifestyle alterations. Everyone wants to stay living independently as long as possible. Safety doesn’t happen by accident and either does a long, vibrant, healthy life.