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Home safety for the elderly

As we age, we may become more susceptible to accidents and injuries. To keep elderly loved ones safe at home, modify the environment to prevent falls and other hazards. Explore our tips that can help promote independence and peace of mind.

Spotlight on Carers report

Our "Spotlight on Carers" report looks at the issues that millions of unpaid carers face, including those who feel trapped caring for elderly parents in the UK. One in two adults feel that they will have no choice but to care for their elderly parents when they become too frail, and many raised concerns about access to care options in their area.

The report explores attitudes towards caring for elderly parents and the barriers that adults in the sandwich generation face to accessing care support for their frail relatives.

Fall prevention

Falls among the elderly can lead to hospitalisation and loss of independence. Conducting risk assessments and taking preventative measures can make a big difference in maintaining their wellbeing.

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Home security

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of older adults our guide offers practical advice on fall prevention, home security, and health and wellbeing management.

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Safety tips

Keep yourself safe and promote the wellbeing and independence of elderly loved ones by learning about essential safety tips, including fall prevention and home security.

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Protecting yourself or vulnerable elderly loved ones from scams is important as scammers often target trusting and elderly people. Educating them about scams and providing support can help prevent these practices.

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How we can help

The features available with panic buttons for the elderly can vary, so it's important to find the right kind of personal alarm service for your needs, whether it's for yourself or a loved one.

Personal alarms for the home and out-and-about

Have the freedom to maintain an active lifestyle, with reassurance help is available wherever you are.

An Out-and-About Personal Alarm will also work in your home so you can get help from Taking Care's Emergency Resolution Team any time of the day or night.

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about home safety

Get valuable advice on ensuring home safety for the elderly with frequently asked questions about preventing falls, making accessibility modifications, and creating a secure living environment for peace of mind.

What are the most common accidents among the elderly?

As we age, we can sometimes become more susceptible to various accidents
such as falls, burns and scalds, due to increased frailty, changes to depth
perception, eyesight deterioration, balance issues or health conditions.

Some older people, on multiple different medications may sometimes take the wrong pills or an incorrect dose if they get confused about what they should be
taking and when, and some may experience side effects from medication that they take.

How can an older person stay safe at home?

For the safety of an elderly person at home, it is recommended to install safety features such as grab bars, handrails and non-slip mats. It is also essential to remove any tripping hazards, maintain proper lighting, and conduct regular safety checks around the house.

What are recommended safety measures for the elderly?

To ensure the safety of the elderly, it is crucial to implement fall prevention measures, maintain a hazard-free living environment, provide assistive devices, monitor their health, and ensure they have easy access to emergency contacts.

What are the most common types of in-home care for the elderly?

Assisting the elderly with in-home care involves various essential services catering to their unique needs. From personal care and companionship to medication management and meal preparation, older adults can receive the attention they need in the safety and comfort of their homes. Additionally, light housekeeping, transportation assistance, dementia care, respite care, post-hospitalisation care, and live-in care are available for seniors requiring specialised attention.