Practicing Safety in the Home

| By Jodi Horton

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.

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