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Safety in the Home

Ensuring the Safety of your Elderly Relatives

Today, many more elderly people are living independently. Whilst home may
seem a safe place to be, there are in fact a number of health and safety
concerns that must be addressed to truly ensure the safety of your elderly
relatives.
Did you know that every year, more than one in three (3.4 Million) people
over 65 suffer a fall that can cause serious injury, and even death? And
that every minute, six people over 65 suffer a fall? (Age UK)
There will always health & safety risks, no matter where you are. Whilst
you cannot eliminate the risks of falls, trips, burns, and other accidents
completely, you can take measures to decrease the likelihood of them
occurring and help put your mind at ease. This checklist aims to help you
identify the hazards in the home of your elderly relatives, and help you to put
measures in place to prevent accidents from happening.

Safety in the Home

Ensuring the Safety of your Elderly Relatives

Kitchen
Ensure smoke & CO detectors are installed and tested
regularly
Clearly label on and off switches on kitchen appliances
When cooking, turn handles of pots & pans away from the
front of the stove/counter
If installed, consider deactivating waste disposal units
Keep appliance cords away from the edge of counters,
the sink, and other water sources
Do not store sharp knives loosely in a draw - instead
store in a knife block
Avoid cluttered utensil draws, which may hide sharp or
dangerous objects
Store household cleaning products/chemicals in a
separate area, even out of the kitchen
Do not place rugs or mats on a tiled kitchen floor

Extra Tip It’s very easy to forget to turn off the oven or the stove. To reduce
fire risks, think of putting reminders up in the kitchen.

Find anti-slip products and home solutions online at
www.practicalsurfaceware.com

Safety in the Home

Ensuring the Safety of your Elderly Relatives

Bathroom
Keep all shampoos/ body washes in a safe place where they
cannot fall into a bath/ shower
Place an anti-slip mat in all baths/showers
If there is a bathroom rug, ensure there is also an anti-slip
underlay
Ensure there is a correctly-installed handrail to aid getting in
and out of the shower/ bath.
Avoid fabric or plastic shower curtains which may cause trips
Ensure baths/showers are properly sealed to prevent leaks that
could cause slips
Regularly check the bathroom for mold, especially hidden
areas
Consider installing an emergency cord in a bathroom in case
an accident happens

Extra Tip - Over time, residue from bath and shower products, like shampoo
and body wash, can build up on bath and shower surfaces. This residue can
be very slippery, so make sure that baths and showers are cleaned on a
regular basis.

Find anti-slip products and home solutions online at
www.practicalsurfaceware.com

Safety in the Home

Ensuring the Safety of your Elderly Relatives

Bedroom
Keep bedroom floors free of clutter to prevent falls
Keep a torch near the bed in case of power failures
Place an appropriate chair in the bedroom where an elderly
person can sit to dress
Do not run electrical cables across walkways
Ensure lamp switches are easily reached from the bed
Ensure cupboards are easily accessible and that the contents
are easy to reach/remove
Ensure the bed is at the appropriate height to avoid falls
Avoid the use of bedspreads, which can lead to trips
• Make sure that bedside tables are sturdy

Extra Tip - When in the house, elderly people often wear slippers. Make
sure that slippers have anti-slip soles, and if they don’t, add some anti-slip
material.

Find anti-slip products and home solutions online at
www.practicalsurfaceware.com

Safety in the Home

Ensuring the Safety of your Elderly Relatives

Corridors, stairs and other rooms
If required, have a suitable stairlift professionally installed
Ensure there is a sturdy handrail installed on each side at all
stairways
Ensure lighting covers the entire stairway
Do not place loose rugs at the top or bottom of stairways
Ensure that furniture does not obstruct walkways
Do not run electrical cables across walkways
If using rugs on hard floors, ensure an anti-slip rug underlay is
in place
Use anti-slip materials under sofa cushions to prevents falls
when getting up
Ensure stairways are maintained properly to prevent hazards

like loose floorboards

Extra Tip - Bannisters and handrails are commonplace by stairways,
but it is important that they are secure and at an appropriate height. It
recommended that handrails are placed at adult elbow height.

Find anti-slip products and home solutions online at
www.practicalsurfaceware.com


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