When you have children you expect them to get bumps and grazes, it’s a natural part of growing up. However, when you have elderly relatives move in it is completely different. A slight trip, slip, or fall could seriously injure them and mean a hospital visit.
So, how can I make my house safer for my elderly relatives?
One thing you need to do is make sure your house is tidy and things aren’t left on the floor for them to trip over. Make sure there are no loose tiles or carpets riding up in order to avoid a serious fall in the home. If you have animals then make sure you they don’t get under your elderly relatives feet. If they are particularly unstable on their feet you may want to think about getting hand rails installed to give them something to hold onto so they don’t have a nasty trip or fall injury.
Can I do anything to make sure my elderly relatives don’t have a serious slip, trip or fall in the home?
The simple answer is unfortunately you can’t, but you can make your house extra safe so if they do have a fall in the home they are less likely to seriously injure themselves. You can do this by making sure there is nothing breakable on the sides which could be knocked over when they fall. Also, make sure there are no sharp, pointy edges they could knock themselves on. You may want to consider putting rubber edges on these to make them softer.
How about outside of the home? Is there anything I can do to prevent a slip or trip claim?
Sadly, outside of the home there isn’t too much you can do to completely prevent a slip, trip, or fall. You could make sure you are there to lend an arm to lean on or make sure you pick the best route on a path that isn’t so bumpy and uneven.
However, if they do have slips, trips and falls outside the home which isn’t their fault then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help claim compensation which may help if they need additional care or support.
The telephone helpline is available 24-7 and the process will be made as stress free as possible often resulting in not even needing to attend court to claim.