When asked about their golden years, the majority of seniors would explain that they wish to grow old at home and keep their independence. With the right support from their family it makes sense: their home is an environment they’ve known for decades, they are familiar with every nook and cranny, not to mention the helpful neighbors. However, official records show that home injuries are the biggest reason of adult hospitalization, especially for women. These staggering numbers are contributed to by household chores such as cooking, tinkering and cleaning. It goes without saying that the elderly are even at a bigger risk because of their frail health. One fall could be fatal for them, which is why they should be extra careful when doing the chores.
No one likes a dirty house, where stuff is chaotically piled on top of each other just like in a flea market. The situation isn’t helped by the fact that retirees often turn into ‘hoarders’, filling every free space of their home with old junk because ‘it might come in handy one day’. It might sound stereotypical to say but more often than not it’s true, with older folk tending to hold on to useless rusty parts and withered boxes, a harmful attitude due to the fact that it litters their rooms with obstacles and only increases the chance of tripping and falling.
Experts pointed out that seniors must ensure that the main living space is clear in order to navigate safely. The aging residents should also make an effort to leave order on the shelves, wardrobe and medicine cupboard so that every important item is within easy reach. As for the actual cleaning and vacuuming, it is recommend to hire a maid or a team of pro cleaners to do the heavy lifting for the seniors, both figuratively and literally.
The kitchen is the main source of household accidents. From burns and cuts to slipping and falling, every situation is possible here. Seniors should be always cautious when handling the stove. While cooking, pay extra attention to the handle of the utensil. Be sure to turn it away from the front and closer to the wall to prevent accidentally knocking it over. Every kitchen should be equipped with a fire or smoke detector, insulated gloves, fire extinguisher spray and even a fire blanket. Speaking of unexpected fire, never dry clothes on the electric heaters or fireguards. When something catches fire, stay level-headed and act according the escape guide. If you fear that you’ll lose consciousness because of the smoke, purchase a fall detection pendant that calls for help automatically.
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