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5 Home Safety Tips for Senior Citizens This Summer

June 25th, 2019

As one of the most reputable providers of residential wheelchair lifts in Camden County, and the surrounding areas, we believe that safety starts at home for many senior citizens.

With 1/3 seniors who are aged 65 and over experience at least one fall a year in their homes, 20-30% of these people sustain life-changing injuries. That’s why we’ve decided to share some vital home safety tips for senior citizens in this post.

Exercise in the Morning

Summer temperatures can make routine exercise a more dangerous activity for senior citizens. Therefore, we recommend exercising in the morning before temperatures soar in the afternoons. You may also consider changing your routine or investing in a gym. Gyms have the benefit of air conditioning and the luxury of swimming pools to help cool you down.

Don’t Forget the Sunblock

Sunburn and heat stroke are serious risks for seniors, but they are easily avoidable. Consider applying energy film to windows in the home to reduce the amount of heat that enters the house. When venturing outdoors wear lightweight, protective clothing, hats, and lots of sunblock. Protect the eyes with a pair of sunglasses, have these glasses fitted with your prescription lenses if your sight is failing.

Keep Hydrated

Summer heat makes us all sweat excessively; therefore it’s essential to stay hydrated throughout this season. If you already drink the recommended daily allowance of eight glasses of water a day, add two more glasses to compensate for the amount that you sweat. This will help you to avoid fatigue, dizzy spells, and heat stroke.

Keep in Touch with Loved Ones

If you are living alone and don’t have many visitors, regularly checking in with family and loved ones is a great way to stay safe. This way, if they don’t hear from you, they can call you, or visit you to make sure that you’re ok. This can be the difference between safety and injury in some cases.

List Emergency Numbers and Keep Them Close

Keep a list of all emergency numbers close just in case you have a crisis occur. Include the fire department, hospital, doctors, insurance provider, family members, and vets if you have any pets. Therefore, in case of an emergency, neighbors or emergency services know who to call.

For a range of assistive equipment including outdoor wheelchair lifts for homes in Mercer County and surrounding areas, call us at 215-987-4367 or click here today.

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