A great little infographic that gives tips for each room in the house that creates Safe Homes for Alaska Elders.
Many Alaska elders want to maintain their independence and remain living in their homes. Here are a few tips for each room:
- Detectors – As well as sounding an alarm, these detectors also raise an alarm at monitoring centers. Also, fire, smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
- Cupboards – Keeping things low enough for an easy reach.
- Kitchen tools – Choose specialist ones designed to make griping and holding items easier such as; pot holders, wide-handed cutlery, non-slip table mats, two handled cups, assistive bottle openers
- Stool – Can help ease strain on feet when preparing food at the counter
- Contracting color – Distinct colors can help elderly eyes register items more easily
- Cart / Trolley – Helps to move food and drink safely from room to room
- Entry Phone – Allows those with difficulty getting to the front door to allow people in when someone calls from the door.
- Furniture – Arrange in a manner that there is plenty of room to walk around
- Large Screen Phone – Easy to contact friends and family members
- Rugs – Use double sided tape to attach rugs to floor, or remove them all together
- Electrical Cords – Ensure cords are attached to wall or secured down to prevent tripping
- Lighting – Improved lighting can reduce falls and accidents
- Lamp – Easy reach from the bed or sitting area
- Bed Raisers – Will help to assist those getting in and out of bed
- Carpet – Low-pile carpet can be protective in the event of a fall
- Bed Rail – Helpful for offering additional support
- Flashlight – Keep near the bed in case of a power outage
- Showerhead – For someone limited in mobility using a hand-held showerhead may be easier
- Grab Bars – Gives extra support for the toilet, or in and out of the bathtub
- Bath Bench – Seating area to reduce risk of slipping
- Elevated Toilet Seat – Helpful for those that have difficulty bending to low surfaces
- Non-Skid Mats – Place these outside the shower and near toilets and sinks to avoid slipping
- Lever Door Handles – Easier to use than doorknobs, especially for those with arthritis
- Table – A clear surface area to set things down when entering the home to prevent fumbling with keys or mail
- Steps – Edges of each step should be clearly defined to help prevent falls
- Handrails – Should be installed on both sides of the staircase
- Stair Lift – Reduces risk of falling down steep staircase.
Some seniors may need some help at home in order to live safely and independently day to day. If you have a loved one in Alaska in need of care assistance, contact Genacta In-Home Care at 907-644-7952 or 888-644-7952 to learn more about our services.
Genacta provides Alaska’s Best In-Home Care provider for seniors and mentally or physically disabled individuals. Our list of services include Intellectual Development Disability, Care Coordination and Case Management, Dementia Care, Alzheimer Care, In-Home Health Care, Group Home Services, In-Home Supported Living, Residential Care, Respite Care and Supported Employment. We are conveniently located in Anchorage, Alaska; Wasilla Alaska and Soldotna Alaska.