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Home Safety Tips
By Jennifer B. Buckley
Grip bars are especially useful in
preventing slip and falls and you can place them almost
anywhere. Some don’t even require wall mounting and are
very sturdy. For instance, the SuperPole is a
floor-to-ceiling tension pole that is easily installed.
It can help your loved one get out of bed, sit down in a
chair or get out of the shower. It acts as a point of
balance and support and it doesn’t need a wall for
mounting. The company also recommends the smart roll,
which attaches to a bed frame or the advantage rail
which is a floor mounted support bar that moves with
your loved one. For the bathtub, the Dynamic Living has
the tri-grip bar that has three textured gripping areas
to make it easier for your loved one to get in and out
of the tub. Aside form grips aiding in mobility,
lighting is also an important element in safety.
Unlit areas can cause potentially hazardous situations.
According to Ms. Tannenbaum, “Because of the age-related
changes in vision, more lighting is needed to do
familiar tasks. It also takes longer for the eyes to
focus when there are changes in lighting.” Even changing
the strength of a light bulb can improve on safety in
the home. Dynamic Living offers a voice-activated light
switch called MotionPad that can even activate fans and
radios. Additional safety tools the company offers are,
a personal paging system and personal emergency response
The personal paging system is a small portable pager
useful within the home to alert a caregiver or family
member when they are needed. The personal emergency
response system presents a 24- hour monitoring center
contacted when your loved one wears a special bracelet
or pendant equipped with an emergency button.
The cost of these home modifications is
moderate and the tools are very effective in preventing
home injuries. Therefore, the investment is an
investment in safety.