One important thing that can be done is to reduce tripping risks. There are numerous items throughout a home that could become a tripping hazard. Any type of appliance that requires a cord should be arranged in such a way so that the cord is not stretching across a walkway area. This might even mean you have to arrange the furniture differently to do so. Another important thing to consider with electrical cords is their condition. Are they old and frayed? Are they running underneath carpeting or rugs? Are they attached to walls with nail and staples etc? These could all become fire hazards if not checked.
A lot of older ones prefer carpeting in their homes so its good check the condition of carpets and rugs. Make sure that rugs have good rubber backing so that they are not easy to slip on. Check that carpet has not started to wear and that carpet adhesive is still keeping the carpet firmly in place. Any carpeting that is starting to stick up will easily become a tripping hazard.
There are many more areas of the home that can be checked to make sure they are not a danger to elderly residents, but we will discuss these in future articles.