Partnering with Professionals for Home Safety
As we get older, our environments can seem less safe. We may live alone and worry about accidents. (According to the educational website WellComeHome, 41% of older women and 17% of older men now live alone.) We wonder if we should be changing lights or locks. We may experience vision, hearing or mobility issues. Any of these situations can lead us to think we should no longer live on our own. However, simple and affordable changes can make it possible for many people to stay safe at home.
Join Russ Glickman, owner of Glickman Design Build, and Lisa Branick, OTR/L, who will describe what you need for home safety and how to get it, as well as the many available changes you can make—from bathtub rails to alarm systems—that can help you maintain your independence and function while remaining where you feel most comfortable.
Wednesday, February 20, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Renaissance, Room 2.
How Safe Is Your Home?
To know if you’re minimizing everyday risks to your health and independence, ask yourself these questions:
1. Am I protecting myself from slips, trips and falls?
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, according to the Mayo Clinic.
• Falls are most likely to occur in two areas of the home. Can you identify them?
• Lighting plays an important role in fall prevention. What kind of night lights or other extra lighting might you need?
• Certain household items are hazards and should be modified or removed.
2. Do you have alarm systems that work correctly— and do you know how to use them?
"Everyone should have several smoke detectors and a carbon dioxide detector," advises Russ Glickman, an aging-in-place specialist.
• Most people know they should have a smoke detector in the kitchen, but there are other rooms where smoke detectors should be placed.
• Some burglar alarms are owner-friendly, others are burglar-unfriendly. You should know which you have.
3. Do you have the appropriate door and window locks?
Older adults, especially those who live alone, are prime targets for home invaders.
• You need door and window locks that protect you from illegal entry but are easy for you to use.
• You should be sure your locks are resistant to a bump key, which an invader can easily use to
open most locks.
4. Is your personal and financial information in a safe place—but not so safe you forget where you put it?
• Certain information is safest in a bank deposit box. Do you know how to keep other important
documents accessible yet secure for key people in the event you become ill or disabled?
• Mailboxes can be vulnerable to theft and there are ways to prevent it.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sibley Hospital, Renaissance Bldg, Room 2
5255 Loughboro Road, NW