Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Home Safety Tips for Seniors

By Ralph R.Manento – Owner Royal Security Services, Inc.


Due to the growing popularity on in-home care for seniors, it’s important to make sure you and your loved one are aware of the potential dangers present in the home and prepare accordingly.



Please use the following home safety tips for seniors to help your loved one stay safe.

  • Consider a medical alert system or a buddy system
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and smoke detector on every floor.
  • Use extreme caution when smoking. Never smoke when alone or in bed.
  • Always get up slowly after sitting or lying down. Take your time, and make sure you have your balance.
  • Remove or tack down all scatter rugs
  • Remove electrical cords or phone cords from traffic areas
  • Avoid using slippery wax on floors
  • Avoid standing on ladders or chairs
  • Make sure that all stair cases have good lighting with switches at both top and bottom.


  • Leave a light on in your bathroom at night
  • Use recommended bath aids, securely install on the walls of the bath/shower stall and on the sides of the toilet.
  • Skid proof the tub and make sure the bath mat has a non-slip bottom
  • Mark cold and hot faucets clearly
  • Use door locks that can be opened from both sides
  • If possible bathe only when help is available


  • Keep  floors clean and uncluttered
  • Illuminate work areas
  • Store sharp knives in a rack
  • Use a kettle with an automatic shut-off
  • Store heavier objects at waist level
  • Avoid wearing long, loose clothing when cooking over the stove



  • Review your medicines frequently with your doctor or pharmacist and when you take new medications
  • Make sure medicines are clearly labeled
  • Dispose of any old or used medicines
  • Never borrow prescription drugs from others
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before you mix alcohol and your drugs
  • Have medicines dispensed in a bubble pack or convenient dispenser


Remember, small life changes can make a big difference for today’s active seniors.  If you have any doubts or questions always check first with your family doctor or pharmacist regarding any medications or sudden unfamiliar health issues. 

For more information on medical alert systems for seniors, you can contact Royal Security Services at the following number 1-800-488-7692.