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How can I make my home safe for my elderly parents?

There comes a time in everyone's life when they realize their parents are getting older. This may also be a time when you have to decide where your parents will live if they can no longer live alone. For many people in Connecticut, this means the parents move in with their children. If you are in this situation, you may need to make some changes in your home to make it safer for your parents. Specifically, according to AARP, you want to eliminate any hazards that could lead to falls.

Falls are a top risk for seniors. They often suffer from balance issues, and their bodies do not handle a fall as well as a younger person. You have to be alert and do a good scan of your home to find and fix anything that could lead to a fall. Some of these hazards may not always be easy to recognize.

You should begin with an assessment. You want to look for anything blocking walkways. Look around areas with steps and slopes. Check carpets and rugs. You should note any needless clutter that could pose a risk. Make notes and set out to fix each of the hazard areas you find.

You can make additions or adjustments to certain areas. For example, you cannot remove the stairs in your home, but you can add extra railings. In the bathroom, railings are also a great addition to make it safer. If possible, remove loose rugs and tack down loose carpet. Lighting is also important. Make sure all the areas that have hazards are well-lit. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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