Before you take the obligatory post-Thanksgiving dinner nap, take a look around and make sure Grandma or Grandpa's home is safe.
Every year senior citizens are injured from household accidents. The good news is that many are preventable by just making a few changes. Here’s a checklist designed to help you make any home safer for elderly loved ones.
Lighting. Dark hallways and poorly lit stairwells lead to accidents. Check that all lighting fixtures are working properly and replace dim lights with high wattage light bulbs.
Switches. Are all light switches easy for an elderly person to reach? Can light switches be found in the dark? If not, have self illuminated light switches installed. Have them mounted at waist level.
Outlets. Are your electrical sockets at the right height? Can they be accessed easily without moving heavy furniture? Do they require bending? If they’re not up to snuff have a