Safe at Home

My parents insist on living in their own home even though they are 96 and 92 years of age.  Is there anything I can do to help ensure that they are safe at home?

Dear Joyce, 

Many elderly parents wish to stay at home.  To help ensure their safety, the Harvard Medical School’s report on Home Safety for Older Adults offers the top five ways to stay safe at home(1) understand the physical changes that occur with age and have regular physical exams to detect problems early (2) reduce the risk of falling by exercising to improve strength and balance (3) eliminate hazards by doing a room by room safety check especially for fall hazards(4)avoid medication overdoses and interactions(5)install and maintain smoke alarms on every level of their home.  Grab and adequate lighting are also very important.

Sincerely, Lyn