Home accidents are one of the largest sources of injuries and can even cause death, especially if not addressed within a timely period. Elders are especially vulnerable to serious injuries from home accidents. Seniors generally have bones that are less dense, more brittle and break more easily. A simple fall can become a serious injury that drastically limits independence. As we age, all of our senses tend to decline. Our physical abilities, judgement, and reaction time are reduced. Our memory is sometimes impaired. As a result, we cannot respond and react to incidents as quickly as when we were younger. These changes make us more prone to accidents, incidents and injury. Simple precautions and adjustments can help ensure a safe, accident-incident-free living at Cedarhurst.
The following recommendations will help you evaluate the safety of your apartment and living habits. Listen to the recommendations and make a mental note off those items or behaviors that apply to you. If there are some items that you do not check or utilize, then your apartment and you are not as safe as could be. By improving or changing those items, you can make you and your apartment a safer and more comfortable place to live.
- If you have a microwave oven, operate it only when there is food in it. Use potholders to avoid burns.
- Do not place metal items in the microwave.
- Do not use or have any types of cooking appliances except the provided microwave. This means items like crock pots, toasters, electric skillets, and coffee pots that do not automatically shut off are not allowed.
- Do not overfill your refrigerator.
- Never plug your sink and leave water running.
- Electrical cords are placed along walls, not under rugs, and away from high areas of traffic.
- Chairs and couches are sturdy and secure.
- There is enough space to walk through the room, leaving clear passageways for traffic. Keep your apartment clear of clutter.
- Furniture that might be used for support when walking or rising is steady.
- Place in the shower a nonskid mat on the standing and sitting areas.
- Place a night-light in your bathroom.
- Never close or plug the sink drain and leave the water running.
- Never flush pads, non-flushable wipes or anything else that isn’t supposed to go into a toilet.
- Place a lamp that is within reach of your bed.
- Place a night-light in your bedroom to brighten the way to the bathroom at night.
- Make sure you have plenty of room to walk around the bed.
- Keep your alert button within reach by your bed.
- Lock your apartment door at all times. If your door handles and locks are not easy to operate, or your door doesn’t close well, please alert us so we can correct it.
- Keep all medications stored in a safe place. Do not leave medication bottles sitting out in the open in your apartment.
- Keep all money and valuables stored in a safe place. Consider purchasing a lock box to store money, credit cards, check book and valuables.
- Always wear your Personal Help Button anywhere in your apartment and around the community.
- If you utilize an assist device like a cane, walker or wheelchair, please make sure it is in good operational condition. These devices should have been adjusted for your height or size. Brakes on wheelchairs should work correctly. All bolts and nuts should be tight. Walkers should have “sleds” or tennis balls in place to prevent damage to carpet and flooring
- When rising from a lying or sitting position, give yourself a minute to get your bearings before standing up.
- Wear comfortable shoes that have a non-skid surface.
- If you operate a scooter or electric wheelchair, always drive on the slowest speed and be courteous and cautious of “pedestrians”.