When you think of home, what comes to mind is a place of relaxation, , calmness, serenity, and joy. Is it? But do you realize that your house may have over a dozen hidden dangers that may turn it into a place of doom in the blink of an eye? In 2009 in England and Wales, alone, 7,475 people aged 65 and over died from home accidents, with 49 percent of those were caused by falls.
Home accidents involving elderly individuals have become a great concern for government institutions, and authorities because some of them are preventable. But due to complacency, carelessness, or ignorance, they wind up in emergency rooms, or meet untimely death. To prevent becoming a figure in home injury statistics, these tips are extremely helpful to you or your love ones.
Have all of the contact numbers of your children, close relatives, 911, poison control, fire department, your personal doctor, or a suicide help centre. Put the list in your wallet or a protected and readily accessible location, or in your telephone’s Contact list. If you’re hi-tech savvy, load Apps in your phone so that you can get in contact with them fast and effortless. Don’t take them lightly.
Keep food items on kitchen counter tops so that you won’t need to reach up when you want them. In 2010, 143 people died in the U.K. Don’t try to douse a fire when it’s already started. Burns and scalds can come from radiators, cookers, kettles, spa, or perhaps a cup of hot chocolate you drink before going to bed during the night. Don’t take this lightly. Contact burns among people over 65 can be deadly if they get infected. Arrange your coffee or tea utensils as close to each other as possible.
When taking a shower, always turn on the cold water first, before gradually turning to the hot water knob to avoid burning.
Is your bathroom safe?
Bathrooms, as little as they are, are large when it comes to home accidents. Accidents happen around the bathrooms, shower stalls, and bathtubs. Have your mobile phone nearby to dial an emergency number if you want to. Seniors are particularly prone to poisoning due to poorer immune system and reduced metabolism. Accidental poisoning or drug overdose occurs in case you’ve got no adequate understanding of your prescription medications, or taking medication not intended for you. Storing partially opened canned products too long at the ref may also cause food poisoning. Don’t’ stretch your food budget too thin to eat rancid or moldy foods. This may give you food poisoning, too. Never experiment with drugs. Don’t take drugs of others simply because you’ve got the same illness. Different individuals respond to medications differently. Last year I ate something at dinner which gave me a serious case of food poising. I had diarrhea beginning 5am in the morning, until late in the day. Every hour on the hour, I had to hurry to the restroom to release.