Living at home
92% of Canadian seniors have chosen to remain living in their home.
Most seniors would prefer to be self-sufficient, living alone rather than being placed in a retirement home or assisted living facility.
Every one of us may slip and fall. If you are young enough, you can usually just get back up again.
There is a much higher risk of injury and broken bones when the person who has fallen is a senior.
There are ways for seniors to reduce the risks and help to ensure that you live a safe and comfortable life.
1 in 3 seniors will fall this year. The statistics have been the same for decades. Even with the advancement of safety devices and equipment, year after year, the same percentage of seniors in Canada fall.
The safety products are available, so why are seniors still falling at such an alarming rate?
Many seniors do not want to install safety devices in their home. They don’t recognize that these devices and products are generally inexpensive and easy to have installed. They could save your independence.
Once you have fallen and sustained a permanent injury, the devices will then have to be installed to allow you to remain at home (assuming you are able to return home).
It is best to be proactive about these safety measures.
You don’t wear your seatbelt because you expect that your car will crash. You wear it IN CASE the car crashes.
Home safety for seniors should be approached in the same way. Use safety and mobility devices IN CASE you need them!
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that occurs through the incomplete combustion of a fuel such as propane or natural gas.
Some examples of things in your home that may produce carbon monoxide are the furnace, wood stove, hot water heater, lawnmower and more – anything that relies on burning a fuel for either energy or heat.
When installed correctly, properly vented, and maintained, your furnace and other equipment will not cause unsafe levels of carbon monoxide in your home.
Better safe than sorry. What if the furnace is not operating properly? Choose to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
The Province of Ontario has taken action! It is now mandatory to install carbon monoxide alarms in all residences in Ontario, Canada.
“Existing residential occupancies that contain at least one fuel-burning appliance (e.g., gas water heater or gas furnace), fireplace or an attached garage, require the installation of a CO alarm.”
The new carbon monoxide alarm requirements came into force on October 15, 2014.
You won’t know that the air is poisoned.