Home Safety for Older Adults Articles

  • Wandering Top Tips: How to Secure and Dementia-Proof Your Home

    People diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia often have a tendency to wander outside the safety of their home. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for preventing elopement during episodes of wandering.

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  • Expert Advice on Aging in Place

    Is your house elder friendly? An occupational therapist and Certified Aging in Place Specialist explains how improving the safety, accessibility and functionality of your residence now can safeguard your future at home.

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  • How To Make a Home Safer for a Person with Alzheimer’s

    People in the early stages of Alzheimer's are often capable of living on their own provided they make certain safety modifications. Make these quick adjustments to the home environment to ensure their safety and well being.

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  • Grab Bar Safety Tips

    Five tips for grab bar placement to improve the safety of your elderly parent's home.

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  • How Do I Get Dad Out of His Cluttered, Unsafe Home?

    The task of getting an elderly relative out of a cluttered, filthy, unsafe home is never easy. Here are some tips for caregivers and family to make the process more successful.

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  • What Is the Best Height for Bathroom Grab Bars?

    Grab bars can provide seniors with added stability and increased safety while toileting and bathing. Ideally, these supports should be placed at a height that feels most comfortable and secure for the person using them.

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  • Making Home Safer For Seniors: A Room-by-Room Assessment

    Create a home environment, both inside and out, that makes it possible for seniors who want to stay in their homes to safely age in place.

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  • Providing a Safe Home Environment for Alzheimer's Patients

    A safe living environment will ensure that a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer's can remain in their home as long as possible. Adapting the home environment may be easier than trying to adapt behaviors as the disease progresses.

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  • Should Your Elderly Parent Continue Living at Home?

    Adult children worried about the dangers of a senior living alone is often met with an elderly parent's claim that,"Everything is fine!" However, the difficult task of determining whether an aging loved one can remain at home safely must be addressed.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: Best Products for Monitoring a Senior Who Wanders

    Dementia can cause disorientation and an increased risk of wandering and getting lost. Experienced caregivers’ provide their recommendations for the best products and strategies for monitoring a loved one who wanders.

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  • Dementia Wandering: Professional Caregivers and Memory Care Facilities Can Help

    Sixty percent of people with dementia will wander. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for recognizing when outside help is needed to keep a wandering senior safe.

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  • 5 Technologies I Wish I’d Had When I Was a Caregiver

    There weren't nearly as many technologies available to help caregivers when I was looking after my loved ones. Here's a list of the tools I wish I'd had.

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  • Senior-Friendly Home Additions for Aging in Place

    There are a number of additions that can be made to a home to make it more senior-friendly. To remain in your home as you age, consider these tips for creating a safe environment that will help you age in place safely and comfortably.

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  • Helpful Home Modifications for When a Parent Moves In

    A caregiver shares the adjustments and renovations she made to prepare her home for her elderly father-in-law to move in.

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  • 20 Warning Signs That an Elder is an Unsafe Driver

    Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent, but the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as people age. How do caregivers know if their elderly loved ones are safe on the road?

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  • 6 Household Items That Could Be Making Your Family Sick

    Bacteria, viruses and allergens hide in and on many household items, causing colds, infections and allergic reactions. Learn how to disinfect these everyday objects to prevent illness.

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  • Caring for A Senior With Alzheimer's At Home

    When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, each day brings unique challenges, changing abilities and new patterns of behavior. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to facilitate caring for your loved one at home.

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  • A Caregiver’s Struggle: Balancing an Elder's Sense of Purpose with Their Safety

    Seniors need to feel useful to enjoy a high quality of life. Sticking to everyday routines and engaging in enjoyable activities helps them maintain a sense of purpose. But if you believe an elder’s actions are risky or dangerous, when should you step in?

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  • Can a home be remodeled to be comfortable and safe for seniors?

    With the right independent living products, seniors can maintain an independent and safe lifestyle while you feel less burdened and your house retains its normal appearance.

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  • Home Modification for Senior-Friendly Living

    As adults age their homes also grow older, but most are not updated to accommodate a senior's changing needs. Home remodel or modification can provide friendlier elder living enabling the aging occupants to continue to live in the comfort of home.

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