Senior Safety –Keep your Loved Ones Safe At Home

Are your parents or elderly loved ones getting older but have a desire to stay in their own home? Perhaps they have started the journey towards downsizing or are relocating to a smaller home. 

Whatever their situation, senior safety at home in everyday living situations can be a concern for older people. We look at ways to keep your loved ones safe at home.

Fire Safety

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Make sure working smoke alarms are fitted as per government guidelines. In QLD, new smoke alarm requirements for owner occupiers are being phased in. As of the 1st of January 2027, all existing private homes, townhouses and units will require photoelectric interconnected smoke alarms. These must be either a hardwired or non-removable 10-year battery-powered type alarm.

Find out more here.

Fire Extinguishers

Assess the strength of the potential user – and buy a lightweight fire extinguisher if this is going to be an issue. If using an extinguisher is not really a feasible option, consider buying a fire extinguishing blanket instead.

Check the door and window security of your home ? How easily could someone break in?  Make sure you have an evacuation plan in place in the event of an emergency.

Consider a personal emergency alarm if you or your loved one lives alone, has mobility issues or is recovering after illness or surgery.

There are a range of person alarms on the market. CHOICE have conducted a review of the products available, but do not recommend any one particular model. Some personal alarms are available free of charge or at a discounted rate through the Commonwealth Home Support Program or the NDIS.

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Slips, Trips and Falls

Falls are Australia’s largest contributor to hospitalised injuries and are a leading cause of injury deaths. Many slips, trips and falls happen on slippery surfaces, with the bathroom being a particular danger zone.

The following safety tips will reduce slip and trip hazards in your bathroom:

  • Remove any steps to the doorway, shower or bath and install slip-proof flooring
  • Consider access – make the doorway, shower and bath easy to get into, and remove any steps.
  • Install mobility aids for the shower, toilet or bath – a walk-in shower, handrails for the shower, toilet or bath, a shower seat and hand-held shower head 

 

Lighting

Poor lighting can be a risk for trips and falls – particularly in bathrooms, stairways, rooms with tiled areas and workspaces such as kitchens and garages. If installing or upgrading additional lighting, make sure the switches are high enough to prevent unnecessary stooping or bending.

Raise power plugs to tabletop height to minimise bending and install additional plug points to avoid having to use extension cords.

Clear The Clutter

A house full of clutter and mess is more like to pose a trip or slip hazard. Unwanted items can be donated to charity, given away or sold via a garage sale or through an online marketplace.

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Make Your Home Wheelchair-Friendly

Some of the features of a wheelchair-accessible home include:

  • Ramps to entranceways to replace steps and stairs
  • Doors and entryways widened and entryways made wide enough for wheelchairs to turn
  • Level landing areas beside the front door and level flooring in entryways.
  • Make shelves and drawers accessible by lowering or raising as necessary – particularly important for someone in a wheelchair

 

If you or your loved ones are downsizing, decluttering, moving or relocating, Blue Lighthouse Relocations can help.

We are a professional, established provider of moving and relocation services throughout Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

We offer a range of services across Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba:

 

Our initial consultation to determine your needs is at no cost or obligation to you.

Get in touch today – we look forward to helping you.

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Email our friendly relocations team on info@bluelighthouse.com.au

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