5 top tips for being safe at home

5 top tips for being safe at home

To grow old gracefully at home, surrounded by our belongings and memories, is something we all strive for. When you’re in need of an extra helping hand at home for yourself or a loved one, you will want to ensure that you’re getting a great service from people you can trust. At Better Healthcare Services, our goal is to provide you with quality home care so that you can live safely at home for as long as possible.

Here are our five top tips for making sure your home is a safe place to grow old in:

  • Know what to do in an emergency

Having an emergency procedure in place is an important first step to ensuring that you and your loved ones stay safe at home. Does everyone living in your home know what to do if there’s a fire or who to call if they hurt themselves? The ins and outs of an emergency procedure can easily be confusing for someone dealing with dementia, for example, so simple directions are key here. Have a list of emergency numbers written out by the phone so they’re easy to find. You should also invest in a wearable personal alarm system can alert the emergency services should you become incapacitated, such as following a fall.

      • Reduce the risk of trips and falls

A trip and fall within your home can be more dangerous than you think, especially if you break a bone and require absolute bed rest or physiotherapy to get you back on your feet. Keep corridors, particularly exit paths, clear of furniture, secure all carpets and rugs, and tape down loose electrical cords.

It’s also a good idea to ensure that adequate lighting is available at all times. This will also reduce the likelihood of falls. Light bulbs should be replaced when they go out, night lights should be installed in prominent places throughout the house, and you can even keep a torch close to the bed just in case.

      • Be prepared for the weather

Changes in weather can be dangerous, causing health issues such as heat stroke or the flu. Keeping heating and cooling systems working is a good way of making sure that you’re able to cope when the weather gets more extreme. Spates of rainy or icy weather can make roads and pavements slippery, meaning that it’s more difficult to get around outside. Having some easy to cook meals in the freezer will mean that you don’t have to leave the house if the weather’s bad.

      • Fire safety

Having fire alarms in your home is a necessity, and required by law. Make sure to test and replace the batteries in the fire alarms regularly. You should also keep exit paths clear to prevent any trips or falls during a fire emergency.

      • Having support as and when you need it

At Better Healthcare Services, we have dedicated carers who are passionate about the work they do. We can provide you with anything from personalised full time live-in care to short daily home care visits.

For more information on how Better Healthcare Services can help you or your loved one with care at home, call us today on 020 7929 2975 or contact your local office directly: