When your parents come to stay with you, you will want to make sure they are both comfortable and safe. This is particularly important if their mobility is limited. Here are some of the things you can do when your parents come to stay to make your home safe for them and prevent injuries by slips, trips and falls.
Possible risks when your parents come to stay
The main dangers to consider when your parents come to stay are the risks of slip injuries in the bathroom and trips and falls on stairs and in other rooms of your home.
Preventing injuries in the bathroom
To prevent such personal injuries, you should consider installing grab bars on bath tubs and showers and, depending how much your parents’ mobility is impaired, a raised toilet seat, preferably with arm rests.
You may even consider investing in an ergonomically designed airlift bedside commode, which can be used as a stand-alone and as a raised seat on your regular toilet.
Preventing incidents on stairs
Sturdy handrails, good lighting, and making sure stairs are kept free of clutter, help to prevent injuries by tripping and falling. If your parents have trouble climbing stairs, installing a quality stair lift will be invaluable.
Preventing incidents around the house
Keeping all flooring areas of your home clutter-free, making sure there are no loose carpets and rugs likely to cause injuries by slipping, and arranging furniture to allow easy access to all areas will also go a long way towards preventing accidental injuries.
Getting easy-to-get-out-of arm chairs or bed rails to assist your parents getting in and out of chairs and beds will not only help to prevent accidents, but will also give them a little more independence.
Away from home
While you can do a great deal to make your home safer for your parents, you have no influence on other people’s homes, shops, restaurants and other establishments. Here, the respective owners are responsible for the safety of their visitors.
In the case that they do not take the necessary steps to prevent injuries by tripping, slipping or falling and you or your parents are subsequently hurt by trips, slips or falls, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice