Home Safety for Older Adults

  • Preventing Falls in the Elderly

    Falling is the leading cause of hospital admission and injury for seniors. Learn how to prevent falls by making simple home modifications, regular medical check-ups and lifestyle changes.

  • What to Look for (and Avoid) in an Emergency Alert System

    Personal emergency response systems can be a life-saving addition to a senior’s care plan. Knowing that help is only a push of a button away can give the entire family invaluable peace of mind.

  • Taking the Keys Away: What to Do If a Senior Won't Stop Driving

    Many family caregivers eventually realize that their aging loved ones are no longer fit to drive. If an elder refuses to stop driving and maintains that they’re still safe behind the wheel, you may need a backup plan for keeping them off the road.

  • 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 safer senior living enabling the aging occupants to continue to live in the comfort of home.

  • Equipment and Products for Aging in Place

    Aging in place is a growing trend in which seniors plan to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. Specialized elder care products can help seniors extend their independence and improve their safety and comfort as their needs increase.

  • 6 Ways to Make Your Loved One's Home More Secure

    To truly protect a residence, you must go beyond basic security measures, such as locking doors and windows. Use these proven tactics to reduce the risk of a break-in.

  • Tips to Extend Independence of a Senior at Home

    Most seniors long to stay in their own homes and retain their independence. As the need for assistance increases, use these 5 tips to support their independence for as long as possible.

  • Kitchen Safety Concerns for People with Dementia

    Sharing a kitchen with another cook can be trying for some people. Sharing a kitchen with a person who has dementia can be more than trying; it can be unsafe.

  • Two Tools Every Caregiver Should Add to Their Emergency Plan

    Water, canned goods, flashlights and an emergency radio are all staples of the traditional emergency plan inventory, but a new American Red Cross survey shows that more and more people are adding two surprising new tools to this list: social media and mobile apps.

  • Kitchen Fires: Make Cooking Safer for Seniors

    Kitchen fires are one of the leading causes of fire in the home among seniors. Here are some home safety tips for making cooking safer for seniors.

  • Fire Safety for Elders with Special Health Needs

    Decreased mobility, sight, hearing or cognitive capabilities may limit a senior's ability to take the quick action necessary to escape during a fire emergency. Protect elderly during a fire emergency with these safety tips.

  • Fire Safety Tips for Seniors

    If your elderly parents live alone, make sure they know the importance of fire safety and use these fire safety practices.

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  • How to Make a Senior’s House Safe, Merry and Bright

    Holiday decorations can be a great addition to an elderly loved one's home. However, precautions should be taken to ensure that their décor is as safe as it is festive.

  • Checklist: Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

    Emergency kits should include standard items like non-perishable food, water and first aid supplies. If you have an elderly or disabled relative living with or near you, there are additional considerations to make when it comes to disaster preparedness.

  • Technology for Elderly Enhances Health, Safety

    Technology for elderly homeowners monitors their health and safety, allowing them to live independently longer.

  • 12 Tips to Prepare the Elderly for Disasters

    Disaster and emergency planning tips for the elderly and seniors. Disaster preparedness tips for storms, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, terrorist attacks, nuclear explosions and other disasters. have you prepared them for disaster?

  • How can I find a qualified builder to remodel a home for elderly parents?

    Certified builders have training in the unique problems of home construction for aging and improving accessibility and can help make your aging parents' house safer with modifications.

  • Can a senior safely live at home during a complete remodeling project?

    You can take steps to ease your elderly parent's anxiety of the construction process.

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  • Aging in Place: Using Universal Design to Create a Senior-Friendly Home

    Universal design features can be applied to new and existing homes to create safe and comfortable environments for seniors that promote independence and allow for aging in place.

  • Patient Lifts for Home Use Help Caregivers Transfer Seniors Safely

    Family caregivers often struggle to reposition and transfer elders with very limited mobility, thereby endangering their own health and that of their loved ones. Patient lift assist devices help prevent falls and injuries and may be covered by Medicare.

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