As your mother gets older, you begin noticing various changes. She’s been slowing down. She’s having more difficulty getting up and down stairs. It takes her a lot more time and effort to get out of a chair. When you visit, you notice these things acutely.
You want to help her be safer, but what can you do?
One of the best things is to understand her limitations. It’s also important to evaluate the house and look for potential safety hazards, even though they are often difficult to find for a younger, healthier, stronger adult. Below are four ways you can help make your mother’s house a bit safer and more secure.
1. Strengthen points of entry.
Criminals prey on the weak. As people get older, the risk of them being victims of certain crimes may increase because of vulnerability. If your mother is living alone, a nefarious individual in the neighborhood may scout out her house as a potential target.
This is why it’s important to strengthen all points of entry, from the windows to the doors. When you can strengthen these points of entry, it can deter people from trying to gain illegal access, whether your mother is home at the time or not.
2. Improve lighting.
Safety can be compromised by poor lighting. If there are not enough lights, if they are not bright enough, and there are shadows and dark portions of the house, it can increase the risk of a tripping hazard. When you check the lighting, add lamps or change the bulbs to a higher wattage, it can improve safety for seniors from all walks of life.
3. Know what your mother is throwing in the garbage.
Is she throwing away personal information? Is she discarding bank statements, credit card bills, utility bills, and other similar items without shredding them first? Make sure she understands the risk that is prevalent if somebody were to root through her garbage and find her Social Security number or other personally identifiable information.
4. Test the house out.
Create your own physical limitations. Test the house completely. Do you feel safe? If you were limited in your physical ability to get around safely and comfortably, would you still feel comfortable in this house? A great way to test out the house would be to sit down and talk to your mother honestly about her situation. Ask how she feels. Ask if she thinks she’s safe.
Ask her to be honest. When she is, it will help both of you realize whether safety still needs to be worked on or if it’s okay right now.
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