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2nd May 2017

5 tips for staying safe at home

There are lots of positive things these days which contribute to longer, healthier and happy lives - including better health care, a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

However safety and security is a hugely important aspect of home care too and ensuring that our clients are as safe as possible within their own home is always a priority for Terra Blu.

We have put together some tips which our Care Heroes have picked up along the way. Small changes can make a big impact in avoiding injury in the home. Hope this helps! 

 

#1 Staying safe on the stairs 

Falls in the home are the number one cause of injury amongst the elderly. Simple things like avoiding leaving any items on the stairs, ensuring the carpet is in good condition and ensuring the hallway is well-lit are all useful ways of helping to reduce the risk of a fall.

Night lights in the hallway and outside the bathroom door are easy to source and any tears in the carpet or loose edges can be taped or tacked down. Nearly all stairs have a hand rail on them these days but additional rails can be fitted on the other side if needed.

 

#2 Bathroom safety 

Strategically placed grab bars around the bath, sink and toilet can help bathrooms to become a safer place and can contribute to preserving a client’s dignity in some cases, enabling them to use the bathroom independently. 

Placing non-slip mats around and in the bath and by the sink can be a good way to reducing the risk of a fall and ensuring the thermostat is at a safe temperature water can be an effective way of avoiding the risk of scalds.

 

#3 Staying Connected 

Rushing to answer a landline phone can increase the risk of a fall too. The elderly can avoid this by having a fully charged mobile phone at all times, also providing them with a sense of security.

There are lots of basic handsets available these days and ensuring clear instructions are given for making a call is important too along with having important contact numbers easily accessible. 

Kent County Council also provides health and care alarms which you can find out more about HERE.

 

#4 Protection from fire

Every home should be fitted adequately with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, both for the young and elderly. The Kent Fire Service offers a free home visit facility where they advise on how to minimise the risk of fire and smoke damage to people and their property. 

Avoiding smoking in the house, never leaving candles unattended, switching off electric blankets before getting into bed and having fire resistant furniture and sensible non-loose fitting clothing (especially sleeves) can all contribute to reducing the risk of fire in the home. 

 

#5 Keeping is safe in the kitchen

The kitchen can be a hazard at the best of times, so taking some simple steps to make it that little bit safer can be well worth the effort. Loose fitting clothes should be avoided when cooking as the fabric is at risk of catching fire, pot handles should be points to the side e.g. away from the edge of the stove.

A non-slip mat by the sink could be a good idea too and ensuring that the food and utensils which are used regularly are easily accessible to avoid the need for a stool or stepladder.

An electric kettle is safer than one that’s used for the stove - some of Terra Blu’s clients use mugs which have a line indicating where boiling water should be poured up to safely when making a hot drink. 

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At Terra Blu we enjoy enabling our clients to live life independently in their own homes. Our Care Heroes work with each client to ensure that they continue enjoying being in their own environments while also ensuring they are safe, comfortable and connected.