02/22/2018
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The Best Safety Tips for Older Adults

With a growing number of older adults living independently, it becomes paramount to make sure they are safe inside their own home. It can be hard to think about potential accidents, but we need to be realistic and be fully aware of safety tips for older adults. Whether you are considered an older adult or not, staying safe is always important. Here are four important safety tips you can use today:

  • Carry identification
  • ICE
  • Prevent falls
  • Create safe habits

 

How Older Adults Can Stay Safe

  1. Carry identification. Identification is important in an emergency. Should something happen to you while you are out of your home, it is important for people trying to help to be able to quickly and easily figure out who you are. Another helpful ID to have on you is a medical ID if you have any underlying conditions or allergies that emergency responders need to know about. It sounds simple, but something as little as carrying identification is an essential safety tip for older adults.
     
  2. ICE. Along with carrying proper identification in case of an emergency, you will want family members to know what happened as soon as possible. If you carry a cell phone, consider adding the acronym ICE to the person you want to be notified In Case of Emergency. This simple addition to your emergency contact’s name is an essential safety tip for older adults.
     
  3. Prevent falls. Falling can be especially dangerous for older adults. Bones are not as strong as they once were and if an older person is alone and can’t call for help, they may have to wait a long time until someone can help them. Follow these “mini tips” to help you stay on your feet.
     
    • Watch where you’re going – keep an eye out for unexpected stairs or tripping hazards on the floor or ground that might trip you.
       
    • Know the terrain – take extra care if you live in a colder climate that often deals with icy sidewalks and walkways. Another common place to slip is in the shower – luckily, there are a wide variety of non-slip solutions for the bathroom.
       
    • Hold on – Holding on to the railing when you are going up and down the stairs can help ensure you stay on your feet. If you have especially poor balance, placing your hand on sturdy objects like a counter or wall as you move about the room can provide extra assistance.

     
  4. Create safe habits. Do you ever worry that you forgot some safety measure like locking your door at night, or turning off the stove? Training yourself to get in the habit of making sure those things are done can make your environment safer. If you’re having trouble remembering, make some sort of visual or auditory reminder. A brightly colored post-it note can help or set an alarm for the same time each night to alert you to lock your doors.

 

Taking extra care to live in a safe way today will help ensure your health and well-being in the future. As we age, we may slow down and need to take extra precautions to stay safe and healthy. Taking extra safety measures can help make sure you are healthy for years to come, enabling you to share your special skills with those around you. Following these safety tips will bring a peace of mind to you and your loved ones.