Grandma may enjoy the house to herself when you head out on the town, but safety must also be a consideration. As grown adults, you can alter a few key areas in the home so that grandma is always safe as you take off for a few hours. Employ these simple ways to keep grandma safe while you enjoy a busy, social life.
Try Electronic Medical Jewelry
Grandma wants to be safe and independent so try today’s electronic jewelry. Bracelets or necklaces outfitted with a button allow her to press it if there’s an emergency. She’ll connect directly with the authorities to verify the situation. Grandma is able to move around the home with confidence while you’re out. Everyone has peace of mind with instant help at the touch of a button.
Set Up a Show for Her
Grandma may not be going out on the town, but she can feel like she is with an entertainment setup. Pull out her favorite movies, set up the living room as if it was a movie theater and give her a fun night of superstars. She controls the movies from her seat where she can snack on healthy items until you get home.
Install Grab Bars and Stair Lifts
Slip-and-fall accidents are some of the most dangerous issues facing grandma’s age group. Give her many items to use as handholds around the home, especially grab bars. These simple handles connect into wall studs so that there’s an instant area for support if a fall is imminent. Stair lifts are also important additions if you have a staircase indoors. Grandma can easily move between floors without any fall dangers in sight.
Remove Slippery Floor Materials
Rugs may look beautiful in your home, but they pose threats to grandma’s walking comfort. Many rugs slip underfoot, which leads to falls onto the hard flooring. Ideally, maintain one type of flooring, such as hardwood or laminate. You can have carpeting, but it can be difficult to maneuver on if grandma uses a cane or walker. Use your best judgement when it comes to flooring choices and your older parent’s mobility level.
Bed alerts are also good tools to have for grandma as she lays down for the night. These devices ring your cellphone if grandma gets up too much during the night. Some models are even sensitive enough to alert you of a suddenly movement, such as falling. With technology and old-fashioned observation involved, grandma will be perfectly safe during her time at your home.