Practicing Safety in the Home
When caring for a seriously ill individual in your home, it’s best to take extra precautions to ensure their safety in the home. To prevent infection, extra attention is needed when providing hands-on care. Following are some tips for safe movement throughout your home.
– Keep walkways as clear as possible.
– Ensure that stairways and steps have strong handrails.
– Remove curling or loose floor coverings and throw rugs.
– Consider installing ramps for easier access to rooms or the outdoors.
– Avoid long clothing that may cause an individual to trip.
– Install night-lights in appropriate areas such as hallways and bathrooms.
– Use non-skid mats on the bathroom floors and in the bathtub and shower.
– Keep hot water under 120 degrees to prevent burns and always check the water temperature by hand before entering the shower or tub.Back to Articles