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Elderly Safety In Homes

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What should be the safest place, can be one of the most dangerous for senior citizens, their home.

Amy Collett from BrightStar Care says "Accidents occur in the home every year and most accidents can be prevented just by eliminating hazards.

Accidents at home rank among the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. That chance jumps significantly for people like Peggy McClellan, over the age 75.

Peggy McClellan

"it can absolutely destroy your life, if you break a hip or something like that."

Amy Collett from Brightstar Home Health Care and Medical Staffing Agency walked us through the home to show us what they do with their clients and how senior citizens can make their homes safer.

The first stop was the bedroom.

Amy Collett says "If there is a telephone, emergency numbers and a flashlight if they were able to get up in the middle of the night."

The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous rooms for the elderly.

Amy Collett says "Make sure that you have hand rails located near the toilet as well as in the shower and a shower seat to sit down while you bathe."

And don't forget about those rugs.

Amy Collett says "You want to make sure the back end is non skid so the rug won't slip"

Peggy McClellan says "I've seen a lot of people who have suffered a lot gone to the hospital and had other things."

Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as hip fractures. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and they also increase the risk of early death.

From having a working smoke detector to keeping her medicine stored properly and her walkways free of clutter, Peggy says she isn't taking any chances.

@Peggy McClellan says "I pretty well know what I should do and I don't take any chances with my activities."

 

BRIGHTSTAR CARE

423.296.6640

brightstarcare.com

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