National Senior Safety Week is in the second week of November and each year there seems to be a different focus, from the use of medications to preventing scams.

At Lewis MacLean, our focus is on making homes safer for our elder clients in any way possible.

One of the most serious concerns for seniors is the risk from falls.

According to the Canada Safety Council, one-third of all people aged 65 and older fall each year, and 95% of all hip fractures suffered by seniors come from falls.

We can help.

Our expert residential plumbers have several ways to make your bathroom safer.

  1. Comfort-height toilets. Installing one of these in your bathroom will greatly reduce the risk of falls. They are easy to use and still have all the efficiency of a regular toilet.
  2. Grab bars. These make it remarkably easy to get in and out of the bathtub, ensuring peace of mind when bathing.

Call us today to have your bathroom areas assessed for possible safety features.

Here are a few other tips on keeping you safe from falls:

Have good lighting.

Remove or secure items you could trip over, such as loose mats, throw rugs or loose electrical cords.

Keep hallways clear of obstacles.

Clean up spills right away.

Add handrails to both sides of stairs and edging strips to each steps.

Have a well-lit exterior and ensure that the exterior lights are not accessible and will not be tampered with.

Keep all doors and windows locked and curtains drawn.