March 28th, 2012
Lang Nelson’s Nurse Liaison Program,
Another Reason to Live The Experience
* Safety At Home Tips*
- As we age or experience illness, we experience natural changes in our muscular and sensory systems. I have some inexpensive ‘Safety at Home Tips’ to share with you and your loved ones.
- Make certain that all lamp, telephone, and extension cords are placed outside of the flow of walking traffic and away from your sinks and kitchen range. And check that all of the extension cords in use are not frayed, replacing any that are.
- Make sure that your throw rugs have a slip resistant backing or rubber non slip matting placed under them.
- Have emergency and family contact numbers posted on or near your phone, making certain that your phone is easily accessible in the event of an accident or emergency.
- Review your homes emergency exit plan and practice the plan to make certain you are capable of a safe exit.
- Clear your cook top and oven area of flammable items such as oven mitts, pot holders, dish towels, and plastic utensils, paper products. Do not store items in your oven.
- Make sure that window curtain and blinds do not drape against a heat source.
- Replace your light bulbs and your night lights as needed, to provide adequate light flow for safe ambulation.
- Have your medications in their original containers or a container clearly marked with your name, the contents, doctor’s instructions; and dispose of outdated medicines. And have medicines stored beyond the reach of your visiting grandchildren, great grandchildren, and pets.
- Store cleaning agents away from your kitchen range / cook top /oven area / and refrigerators, making certain that they are not accessible to your family members or pets.
- Take care, be safe, and help your provide a safe living environment.
- Please call me, Kathy Anderson with any questions; as none are too small to speak about.
Kathy Anderson, Nurse Liaison with Lang Nelson Associates.