Since the Christmas season is getting started, people are beginning to trim their trees, hang up their lights, and get ready for company. For most people, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. However, for older members of the community, it can be one of the more dangerous times of the year. No matter if you’re a senior citizen living at an independent living community or living on your own, the risk of falling and being injured is still there. Here are a few of the riskiest things you should avoid while decorating during the holidays.
Using a Ladder to Reach Things
While very convenient for hanging Christmas ornaments up high, ladders are not stable surfaces and present many problems. For one, they easily tip over with the slightest movement. Most people are rather shaky when it comes to climbing up the rungs of a ladder. Older adults even have trouble with stability on smaller step ladders. Even if you think you can climb one safely, let someone else be there to assist you.
Too Many Cords in Senior Living Homes
With Christmas lights and decorations comes extra cords and power strips. Everyone wants their home to be festive and full of merriment for the season, but cords are a trip hazard that can lead to broken bones. Try to use battery-powered decorations whenever possible to cut down on the amount of cords in your home. You’ll reduce the risk of falling and get rid of the eyesore that can be ugly cords on the floor.
Avoid Putting Things on the Senior Apartment Floors
Cluttered spaces seem to get even more cluttered during this time of the year. In your senior apartment, avoid decorating with things that go on the floor like miniature Santas or reindeer. Consider keeping gifts away from the base of the tree until you really need to have them there. All of the excess clutter on the floor becomes a major trip and fall hazard, if left there.
Stringing Garland in Unsafe Places
Adding a bit of greenery around your home is traditional and something we all enjoy doing. However, it can be dangerous, depending on where it’s hung. Places like stair banisters, counter tops, or anything that people tend to hold onto when walking can create a hazard. If garland is a must for your home, hang it in areas where you tend not to be near too often.
Living Alone When It Isn’t Safe
Some people want to be independent for as long as possible. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we understand that. However, at a certain point you’re putting your health and safety at risk during the holidays and every other day of the year.
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