Hints and Tips – Home set up

Hints and Tips – Home set up

Identifying Hazards in the home

  • Remove loose rugs, as they are a tripping hazard
  • Make sure the stair carpet is securely fixed
  • Remove any clutter from the walk ways and stair areas throughout the home
  • Make sure that lighting is adequate, consider installing long life light bulbs to avoid future problems
  • Look at the layout of the furniture in the house, re arrange where it makes it easier to manouvere
  • If you do not have storage next to the seat the person favours – install some – it is best to have easy to reach things like newspapers and knitting rather than putting them on the floor – it can be too hard to bend that far.
  • Place electrical items near the power points to avoid long cords – these are tripping hazards

What you can do to improve facilities in the home

  • Install hand rails in the bathroom areas
  • Install hand rails along the walkways throughout the home if stability is an issue.
  • Consider using over toilet aids and shower stools to assist with everyday cleansing – this will increase independancy for the user
  • When wearing footwear ensure it is sensible and fits well
  • Where needed use mobility aids to assist in manouvering about the home
  • Look at stair lifts – they may make climbing the stairs less of a chore.
  • Install LIfts Chairs so getting up from sitting position is not so hard

Bathroom

The bathroom area of the home can be a hazard in itself, these are some of the things that can happen

  • Water spills – create a slippiing hazard
  • Steamy environment can make the patient dizzy

If a fall occurs in the bathroom – the person could be blocking the doorway – which means that help cannot access the person easily

Some other good solutions are:

  • Hand Rails and Shower Seats will help with the stability and balance problems
  • Installing a reverse swing door will assist with any potential falling occurances
  • Remove the lock so that the door can never be locked – which locks any potential help out.

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