As people begin to age, they increasingly require more precautions and additional care. On average, the majority of seniors prefer to live at home where they can continue to retain some sense of independence and dignity.
Deciding whether to take care of an elder relative at home, or keeping them at a nursing home is a difficult decision for all involved. Either way, there are a number of steps that elders, as well as their younger relatives or caregivers, can take to ensure senior safety.
Steps to Ensure Senior Safety
If the senior will be staying at home, one of the first steps should be in making the home safer. This can range from adding handrails, rubber floor grips in the bathroom, and better security features on doors and windows.
One of the most common ways in which seniors injure themselves is by falling. By taking careful measures to prevent falls, we can also prevent a large number of physical injuries and related health problems. Additional steps should be taken if the senior has any health issues that could compromise their safety, such as visual impairment, or memory loss.
For a senior to stay healthy they need proper nutrition, exercise, regular health check-ups, and adequate medication or supplements if necessary. If the senior is capable of living at home, it is helpful to set them up in such a way that they can adequately and safely do their daily tasks without difficulty. Educating them about additional precautions regarding kitchen use, fire safety, and avoiding strangers can help to ensure their security.
Another aspect of taking care of seniors involves keeping them safe from harmful people. Fraud and scams against seniors are rampant, ranging from health care schemes, to fraud regarding lotteries, telemarketing, social insurance, financial planning and even funeral arrangements!
Apart from this, they can also fall prey to friends or family who may coerce them into making agreements against their will. Elder abuse and neglect is a more serious issue to consider. This can happen at a care facility or even at home.
Although it is sad and even horrific to consider, it is important to be fully aware of the indicators of physical abuse so that it can be stopped before it gets any worse. Elders can be susceptible to various types of physical and even sexual abuse, maltreatment, neglect of their needs, and emotional or verbal abuse (such as belittling, insulting, or blaming).
On the other hand, financial abuse could involve others faking the senior’s signature on cheques, coercing them into modifying a will or approving expenses, and making false promises in exchange for financial payments. The following resources will help to offer further insight and advice into each of the areas discussed.
Health and Senior Safety
- Seniors Medicine Safety Tips and Checklist
- Bone Health for Seniors
- Senior Health Tips for Safe Travelling
- Arthritis, Diabetes, and Other Common Senior Health Issues
- How to Avoid Injuries as You Age
- Pointers on Different Health Issues for Seniors
- Learn to Exercise and Work Out Safely
- Healthy Eating Goes Hand in Hand with Exercise
Scams and Crimes Against Seniors
- Health Care, Funeral and Other Types of Senior Fraud
- An Introduction to Senior Fraud Attempts
- Examples of Senior Scams
- What is Medicare Fraud?
- Details of Financial Abuse of Seniors
- The Ten Most Common Scams Targeted at Seniors
- How We Can Help Seniors to Avoid Telemarketing Fraud
- Mail Fraud and Additional Senior Scams
- Warning Signs of Elder Abuse or Neglect
- Resources on Elder Rights and Preventing Abuse
- Types of Abuse and Neglect of Seniors
- A Fact Sheet on Elder Abuse
- A Guide to Elder Abuse and Getting Help
- Understanding the Cycle of Elder Abuse
- Facts and Examples of Different Kinds of Elder Abuse
- Indications of Abuse or Neglect at a Care Facility
Assisted Living and Nursing Home Safety
- Preventing Falling or Tripping at Home
- Reducing Bathroom Hazards for Seniors
- How to File an Official Complaint Against a Nursing Home
- Helpful Resources for Seniors’ Caregivers
- A Tool for Finding Elder Care Services in Your Area
- A Checklist to Determine if an Elder Can Stay at Home
- Understanding and Choosing a Care Facility
- Housing Options, Considerations, and Senior Safety
Kitchen and Food Safety
- General Food Safety Information for Seniors
- An Interactive Seniors Food Safety Info Package
- Foodborne Illness and Kitchen Safety Tips for Seniors
- Watch a Video on Food Safety for Seniors
- What Can Seniors Do to Ensure Better Food Safety?
- Making Your Kitchen a Safer Place
- Tips for Better Food and Kitchen Safety
- Safe Cooking and Kitchen Hygiene for Seniors