Seniors Home Safety
Expert Tips on Home Safety for the Elderly
Risks to Safety are Vastly Higher for Older Adults at Home:
- Falls are the leading cause of death from injury for the over-65. In any year, 25-33% of seniors and 50% of over-80s fall, often resulting in major injury.
- Burns: Geriatric burns represent 20% of burns. Mortality rates and severity are higher for seniors due to limited mobility and reaction speed.
- Fraud: Older adults can be more vulnerable to scams, unsolicited befriending by strangers, unwanted telemarketing and con artists. We’ve addressed this in previous articles on preventing unwanted calls and preventing phone scams and fraud.
- Social Isolation and loneliness are linked to higher blood pressure, poor sleep, dementia, depression and mortality rates. As a health risk, social isolation is worse than smoking. We’ve already talked extensively about the risks of Seniors Social Isolation, and you can read it here.
In this article, we answer 3 key questions about home safety for seniors, and offer opinions from a panel of 7 experts to help you increase home safety for your elderly parent:
- What are some simple changes older people can make at home to stay safe?
- How much planning should one do ahead of time for future emergencies at home?
- At what point should an older person consider moving into an aged care facility?
Read on to see answers from our very own Konnekt CEO Karl Grimm, or skip ahead to see the detailed opinions from all 7 experts.