Home Safety

Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice offers these suggestions:

  • Remove throw rugs and/or tack down carpet edges
  • Avoid highly polished floors
  • Keep hallways and walkways free of wires and clutter
  • Use nightlights
  • Illuminate the top and bottom of staircases
  • Extend handrails to the full length of stairs
  • Offer your loved one non-slip shoes or slippers to wear all times
  • List emergency numbers near the telephone
  • Maintain smoke detectors
  • Notify the local Fire and Police Departments of your own or a loved one's disability
  • Consider an emergency response device
  • Keep the telephone within reach
  • Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen
  • Keep outdoor stairs clear of snow, wet leaves and debris
  • Place a nonskid bath mat on the floor and a nonskid mat in the tub

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