Tools to support physical safety and injury prevention while at home are a key part of helping aging adults to maintain independence. Specially designed tools, like the ones available from SOAR Life Products, can help to give adults more independence and help with hygiene, toileting, dressing, and eating.
Added Independence & Injury Prevention at Home
Accidents happen, but preventing falls requires that attention is paid to a variety of factors that impact an adult’s ability to take care of their own basic needs. Research says that adults who are educated about the benefits of tools to create a safer home environment are less likely to fall. The three main factors that contribute to the prevention of falls in older adults are:
Creating a Safer Home Environment
Safety for aging adults at home might mean making adjustments or incorporating the use of tools and daily living aids. The available tools are specifically designed to help with the common issues that adults face when going through everyday motions at home.
From ensuring that stairways are well-lit, to suggesting furniture arrangements with wide walking paths, this patient handout has over 20 tips for increasing safety at home for adults.
Participating in Exercises Involving Balance and Strength
Research has shown that aging adults experience more positive emotions and feelings of independence when they make exercise and health a priority. To read more about many of the potential benefits of appropriate and adapted exercise for aging adults, visit the Exercise & Fitness category on the SOAR blog.
Regular Review of Any Medications and Potential Side Effects
Reviewing medications and potential side effects on a regular basis is an important part of helping adults to remain safe while at home. Side effects like dizziness and fatigue can make simple home activities like showering, cooking, or dressing unsafe.
Daily Living Aids & Safety at Home
Depending on the needs of the adult in question, there are a number of simple daily living aids that could increase safety at home and independence. Check out the range of options from SOAR Life Products to suggest to aging adults who need assistance in adapting their home to suit their needs.
Daily Living Aids
Home Living & Safety Products:
- Non-Slip Material Roll
- Reaching Grip Aid
- Jumbo 7 Day Pill Box
- Oversized USB Keyboard with Color Coding
- Handheld Rectangular Bifocal Magnifier
- LCD Monitor Magnifier
More Daily Living Tips and Information
Improving home safety for aging adults doesn’t have to be difficult, but having a conversation and considering their needs is the first step. It’s possible to help prevent falls and it comes down to ensuring that aging adults are given the information and tools they need to live as safely and independently as possible.
Consider these patient handouts with valuable information for adults and their caretakers to use when creating a safe home environment and purchasing daily living aids: