When we are easily fatigued, weak, unsteady on our feet or using an assistive device such as a wheelchair, walker or powerchair we need to be sure of keeping our homes safe.
1. Check for any type of tripping hazards such as loose throw rugs, electrical cords and items in walking areas. Remove these.
2. If you are weak and/or have an unsteady gait, don’t use the tub or shower when home alone. If that’s not possible, keep a cordless phone nearby in case of a fall. Install grab bars and raised commode seats if needed.
3. Be sure that the water temperature is not set too high to avoid scalding.
4. Use a shower seat and hose and don’t use bath oils or lotions in the shower or bath.
5. To save energy, place one foot in bathroom cabinets while leaning over Kohler sinks to do your washing up.
6. Have night lights available so that when waking at night walk ways are lit up.
7. Keep some important lists handy – the address and phone number of the home (you can forget things when you’re in a panic), information on medications and doctors’ phone numbers (sometimes called a File of Life), and contact information for family members.
It is important to a person’s well being to be able to remain at home when ill. A person can feel better about their life and may recover or not have flare ups as often if they are not in an unfamiliar environment.