Safety: reducing live-alone risk

If your vision is compromised, avoid moving furniture. Stick to a familiar traffic pattern. Falling is the biggest risk for older adults, especially those who live alone.

You also can decrease your chances of falling by using assistance devices such as a cane or walker. Many people wrongly assume they only need them when going out.

Ask for assistance carrying bags and other items. Regular exercise can help you avoid falls as well.

Tips to Improve Safety While Living Alone as an Elderly Person

Here are several more steps you can take to improve your safety:

  1. Keep stairs and hallways clear of clutter.

  2. Immediately recycle or discard old magazines and newspapers.

  3. Store items in closets or on shelves.

  4. Remove throw rugs.

  5. Make sure your home is brightly lit.

Other Risks While Living Alone as an Elderly Person

Bathrooms pose serious dangers. If possible, install grab bars in your bath or shower. Walk-in showers with built-in benches are the easiest to access. Add a shower bench and a hand-held shower nozzle if you have a tub.

And, if you have trouble standing, use a shower bench with arms. Consider a booster seat with arms for your toilet. Both are easy to find at drug stores and online.

How to Feel Safe While Living Alone

If you need assistance making your home safer, contact a private homecare provider such as Life Care at Home. An expert can specify how to make non-structural bathroom modifications.

Scheduling a caregiver who can help with light housekeeping, meal preparation, bathing, and dressing might make life easier. They can accompany you to medical appointments and help organize your medications.