Provide rails and grab bars in the rooms frequently used. Then make your best effort to remove clutter, secure loose rugs, install non-slip mats, and so on.
Unfortunately, no home can be rendered absolutely fall-proof because it's difficult to identify every single hazard - and some which are known can't immediately be addressed because of cost or other obstacles.
In the event an individual does undergo a fall at home, medic alert devices are a wonderful support to have because of their qualified health professionals who effectively monitor these situations.
2. Well-lit hallways and rooms
Having well-lit hallways and rooms is also a good preventive measure, as are night lights for seniors who are active later in the day.
Many seniors are subject to worsening vision and cannot see things as clearly as they once did.
3. Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are essential for avoiding fires and controlling them if they do break out.
Smoke detectors should be tested periodically to ensure that they are still in good working order and able to alert a senior (or any) resident to the danger of an impending fire outbreak.
4. Avoid spills and burns
To avoid spills and burns, pot handles should not be left pointing outward on stoves.
If possible, stoves should be avoided altogether for seniors.
Microwave ovens are a safer option if the senior is still involved in meal preparation as they don’t generate heat like an oven - removing burns as a potential hazard.
Most seniors take medication, with several taking multiple doses a day.
It's important that there is a clear system for marking and dispensing medications so that a senior does not become confused about whether certain drugs have already been taken or on which days they need to be taken.
A compartmentalized pill box can help with easy identification, but an automatic medication dispenser is even better, eliminating many potential medication mistakes.
Street and Parking Lot Safety in Sun City Anthem
Former 2 Term Member of The Sun City Anthem Board and Past Chairman of the Association Finance Committee
One of the primary reasons Sara and I chose to purchase our retirement home in SCA was its stated purpose to be an “active adult community”.
Yet as should have been expected, the SCA population has aged over its twenty plus years, and it now serves an aging population with multiple needs.
Many of these needs require a focus on people who are not particularly active and whose abilities are declining with age.
Today, I want to point out one of these needs and how SCA can better address it.
The subject is driver skills and the need for refresher training and supportive infrastructure.
Since living at SCA, I have owned a street legal golf cart, a bicycle, and a motorcycle.
I also walk extensively every day.
While engaged in these activities, I regularly observe that declining driving skills exhibited on SCA streets and in it its parking lots create safety issues.
At this point, I want to point out that to assess and regulate drivers’ abilities is not and should not be within the scope of SCA’s activities.
However, there are steps the Board can require management to take that will provide continuing education for our residents, provide infrastructure that supports parking lot safety, and puts pressure on the City of Henderson to improve its safety infrastructure on its streets within SCA.
My expectation is that the Board will require management to present a plan to the Board for its assessment and approval for how it plans to address the opportunities to improve public safety on the streets and in our parking lots at SCA.
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Have you noticed the declining driving skills of senior drivers in the community?
Have you ever heard that "line" in a phone call from a stranger?
It could be a scam !
Pause before speaking if a caller starts by asking, “Can you hear me?”
Scammers are looking for a specific answer.
By getting you to answer ‘yes’ to that one question at the very beginning of the call—as opposed to somewhere in the middle of the conversation, where dubbing would be more obvious—scammers can record your affirmative answer.
They can use that recording to claim you agreed to pay for some scam program.
The best way to handle that from a stranger is hang up...or...let it go to voice mail...
...but if you do decide to continue the call, rephrase your answer to:
“I hear you just fine” ...
...to be safe.
Learn more about this scam by clicking on these video !
We all know washing machines are very convenient appliances.
Can you imagine not having one ?
They allow us to do our laundry in our own homes and get our laundry clean without us having to do any of the hard work.
Regardless of how often you use it, there is something you should always keep in mind:
Accidents with washing machines can and do happen. As with any appliance, safety precautions should be taken to insure that problems don't occur. If something does happen, it is important to know how to take care of it.
To keep your washing machine safe, there are a few things to keep in mind that can help prevent accidents from taking place.
1. Check the hoses of the washing machine regularly.
Some washing machine manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses on the machine about every five years.
Make sure that these hoses are properly connected and are working fine, and that they are replaced if needed.
Look for cracking, bulging, leaking, and any other abnormal characteristics.
If you notice any problems, replace the hoses at once. Be certain that you buy high-quality hoses to better ensure the prevention of leaks.
2. If your washing machine is operating in a way that isn't normal (leaking, making strange noises, etc.), have a professional repair the appliance as soon as possible.
It is better to fix the issue before it becomes a real problem. You could end up with a flooded home or a malfunction of the washing machine that could lead to other damages or even electrocution.
3.Keep an eye on visiting grandchildren and pets when around the washing machine.
Also make sure that the door on the washing machine (especially if it is front-loading) is kept closed.
Kids or pets could get inside the washer and cause damage or even hurt themselves.
If you do have pets or kids around while operating a washing machine, a strong suggestion is to keep the door to the laundry room securely closed or locked.
4. Make sure that your washing machine is not plugged into an extension cord.
It should be plugged into an outlet that is meant for a large appliance and can handle the energy load.
5. Do not overload the machine when washing, and always operate it according to the instructions that came with the machine.
These tips should help you and your family to stay safe when using a washing machine.
Remember that prevention is key when it comes to stopping accidents from happening.