According to the U.S. Administration on Aging, over 14% of Americans are over the age of 65. Many seniors own a home, but physical and transportation issues may make it a struggle to keep it safe, as they age. Fortunately, there are several home-maintenance tasks that can help you keep a home safe for you or a loved one.
1. Inspect light fixtures.
Keeping a home light and bright not only increases its attractiveness but also helps to prevent accidents. Lighting throughout the home should be equally distributed. Several lower-wattage bulbs will reduce glare, as opposed to one higher-wattage light. Light bulbs should also be checked, to ensure that they are the appropriate wattage for the fixture. Night-lights should be installed in bathrooms, bedrooms and connecting hallways and working flashlights kept near beds and on every level of the home.
2. Check cords and outlets.
Electrical cords and outlets pose fire risks and can be a trip hazard. Check to see if any outlets are overloaded or if cords have frayed ends or cracked surfaces. Long cords should be tied back and kept out of walking paths.
3. Survey appliances.
Irons and other appliances that pose a fire risk should be equipped with automatic shut-off features. Heating pads and electric blankets can also be connected to light-timers. Washers and dryers that are located on the main floor prevent trips from walking with laundry up and down stairs. Phones should be kept on each level and be easy to access. Ensuring that all appliances are in good working order will extend their life and keep them safe. Smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries should be checked at least every 6 months and changed annually.
4. Keep an eye out for trip hazards.
Rooms that are cluttered and contain too much furniture can lead to falls. Broken, loose or missing tiles are also a safety risk. Linoleum should be firmly secured to the floor, as should rugs. Raised areas in doorways should be eliminated or marked with color contrast tape. Stairways should be well-lighted with light switches located at the top and bottom. Banister rails that are easy to grasp and sturdy are safer and keeping a strip of fluorescent tape on the top and bottom steps can be helpful.
Keeping up with home maintenance tasks is important for all homeowners, but it’s especially relevant for older adults. Relying on home maintenance professionals to stay up-to-date with responsibilities will help you keep your home comfortable and safe. Reach out to Hassle Free Home Maintenance Services to discover just how convenient and affordable it is for professional home maintenance services.