For many of us, safety is a top priority. Whether decorating or equipping our homes, or choosing which car to purchase, safety matters. As we age, and as our parents and loved ones also age, there is a change in the safety equipment and choices we make. Gone are the cabinet locks, baby gates, and child-proof caps, but what do we do instead to keep seniors and ourselves safer? Read up on home and auto safety issues for seniors.
Home safety illustrated
There’s no time of year when home safety isn’t important, but if eliminating perils in your loved ones home is on your current to-do list, the site, This Caring Home.org, offers a terrific, illustrated guide.
Though the site is geared to those with various forms of memory loss, its information can assist all who are aging.
As an example, a bedspread in a color that contrasts with the floor can help those who have trouble with depth perception. A lack of depth perception can be a fall hazard, and a distinct contrast can help people with the problem distinguishing the bed from the floor.
When you’re shopping for a new car, crash test data are often at the top of the considerations list, along with performance, features, and aesthetics.
But if you’re 40-something or older, there are other issues to consider. Physical changes can make driving more hazardous and less comfortable.
But certain features can improve comfort and safety for drivers who fall into the mature category.
For instance, hip or leg pain, decreased leg strength, and limited knee range of motion can be addressed by picking cars with seats that adjust six ways. Changeable seats can also make getting in and out of the car easier.
Seats with lumbar support can ease back pain, and keyless entry and ignition help those with arthritic hands.
And seniors looking to brush up on driving skills can find a refresher class.