If you have a senior relative that lives alone, you might be concerned for their safety. Until they are able to get someone that is able to watch over them full-time, you can increase the safety of their home with these tips.

Make Sure the Home Has Plenty of Light

A big problem with senior homes is that they are often too dark due to it being difficult to open the drapes or because they don't think to turn on the lights as often as needed. There are a few ways you can remedy this problem. First of all, install some lamps that are easier to turn on without looking for a switch. You can either use touch lamps or get lights that turn on by making a motion or clapping their hands. Another way to get better light is to install window treatments with easy pull cords that reach lower so your relative can reach them better. Finally, have night lights installed in all hallways, stairwells, and bathrooms.   

Use Non-Slip Mats

There are certain parts of a senior's home that tend to create more falls, including anywhere that gets wet. Areas that tend to have wet floors include the bathrooms and kitchen, so make sure you have rugs or non-slip mats in these areas. In the bathroom, have non-slip surfaces both on the bathroom floor and inside the bathtub or shower. For the kitchen, if you use rugs instead of rubber mats, make sure they are adhered to the ground so they don't slip and slide around when your relative is walking on them.

Install Rails Throughout the Home

Your relative might not be well balanced when standing or walking, so it helps to have railings installed in as many places as necessary. Definitely, have them in all stairwells, but also down hallways if you feel it is necessary. Have proper railings in the bathroom, including next to the toilet and the bathtub so they can stand up without too much trouble. It is also good to have something sturdy to hold onto when getting up from the couch or chair. Depending on the placement of the furniture, this might either be a railing on the wall or a walker that supports their weight while standing up or sitting down.

Don't hesitate to get in-home care for your grandmother or another elderly relative if they need it. There comes a time when it is no longer safe for them to be home alone, even with these safety precautions.