Common Home Hazards That Could Put Seniors in Danger

When we hear the word “home”, we often relate this to security and safety. However, for older adults, these may not be the only words you associate with “home” due to the possible hazards contained within and around a residence.

In a world where home injury ranks high on the charts as a direct cause of immobility and even death, it is more important than ever that we carefully evaluate the homes of our older loved ones.

To ensure that your loved ones are as safe as possible, learn about the most common household hazards that may place them in danger.

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The Centers for Disease Control recently released a statistic that claims that out of every 4 adults in the United States, more than 1 over the age of 65 will fall within the year.

Out of those that experience a fall, 20% or more will suffer from a broken bone or an injury related to the head. One of the leading causes of the falls are poor flooring options for the elderly.

To make sure your loved one is as safe as possible when living alone, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Make sure that your loved one does not have to go over several types of transitions (thresholds) when moving throughout the home.
  2. Remove all area rugs from the home.
  3. Utilize rubber-based anti-fatigue mats in rooms that are subjected to water exposure – such as the bathroom and kitchen.
  4. Remove all clutter and obstructions so that your loved one has a clear walking area.
  5. Purchase anti-slip socks, slippers, and shoes for your loved one.
  6. Install the safest flooring in the home. The top options are carpet, vinyl, and cork.
  7. Encourage your loved one to use a walking/mobility aid – such as a walker or a cane.


While often viewed as anything but a hazard, low or inappropriate lighting in the home could be a problem for the elderly.

All seniors should have a well-lit home. This will help them to maintain their balance, avoid obstacles, and prevent falls.

Bright bulbs, wireless motion sensing lights, touch lamps, and automatic LED night lights help ensure the safety of your loved one.

Steps or Stairs

Clutter around the house, type of flooring used on steps or stairs, as well as the steepness of the steps can result in slips, trips, and falls.

To make these areas safer, you may use secure mats, grip tapes, stair lifts, and similar items. If possible, it may be a good idea to move your loved one on a ground level floor to lessen the possibility of an injury occurring.

Need Help?

Are you concerned about your loved one’s safety in their home? Are there many hazards in their residence? If so, it may be time for assisted living placement. A respite stay of several weeks at an assisted living facility may help while getting the home modifications completed.

We here at Beacon Senior Advisors can help you! Simply call us today at: 973-713-0096

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