BANGOR – During the holidays and around the year, people can do their part to help keep elderly loved ones safe. Since most falls happen in the home, here are a few precautionary measures to make your home safer for elderly guests:
. Remove items on staircases and the floor that can be tripped on (furniture, books, shoes).
. Keep within easy reach items that the guest may need.
. Make sure your bathtub has a nonslip mat or surface.
. If your guest will need to use the stairs, make sure a hand railing is available and that the area is well-lit.
. Improve the lighting in your home.
. Ensure that your guest wears shoes with support and nonslip soles.
For more advice on senior wellness and services such as Lifeline, call Rosscare’s senior health information line at 973-7094.