Have you recently downsized or planning to shift to an independent senior living community? That’s a great decision! Most living communities have top-notch, fully furnished apartments that you will appreciate. They also come with a professional team of chefs, caregivers, and program managers to leave their residents 100% satisfied. However, you may be worried about the safety issue. Read on to find out more about ensuring safety in your independent living community.
Check The In-House Kitchen
While senior living homes often have on-site chefs to whip up healthy and delicious meals for their residents, most apartments come with an equipped kitchen. You may also want to cook your meals at times when socializing just doesn’t seem to knock on the door.
It’s good to shelf things at lower levels for easier reach. You may also want to color-code the water faucets with red and blue to represent hot and cold water. If you tend to buy and store foods, be sure to check periodically for the expiration dates and stock up on healthier snacks.
Assess the Bedroom and Bathroom
Check to see if the mattress provided is firm enough to support your weight and does not sink when seated on. You can also request to install a grab bar by the bed if you think you would need that to get in and out.
The riskiest place is probably the bathroom. Make sure that there are secure grab bars beside the toilet and in the shower. Rather than a bathtub, a walk-in shower would make more sense to prevent falls. There should also be high-friction rubber mats to stop slips.
Prepare a List of Emergency Numbers
When you move to an independent senior living community, there will be a team of professionals who will be able to provide timely care for you. But it’s good that you prepare a list of emergency numbers to refer to.
If you do not have a cell phone yet, it’s good to get one with basic functions. We’re referring to those with large keypad numbers and a big screen that’s easy on the eyes. Numbers like 911, contacts of close relatives and family members should be included.
Remove Obstacles and Make the House Fall-Safe
Obstacles can lead to unwanted falls and should be prevented as far as possible. To make the house fall-safe, you can remove fall hazards like decorative rugs which may lack a rubberized backing. Never extend cords over the hallway or walking paths as you may trip and fall.
You may also want to invest in a proper pair of non-slip footwear to walk in the apartment and around the living community. An open space is also key to providing enough area for you to maneuver your way around the house. Never allow clutters to jam up the place.
While you would be well taken care of in an independent senior living community, it’s still up to individuals to increase the safety protocols. Follow some of the listed tips above and you will be able to have peace of mind.