CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -

Most accidental falls happen in the home and many times the victims turn out to be senior citizens.

That's why Home Instead Senior Care is offering free home safety checks for local seniors during the month of June, or National Senior Safety Month.

"More and more people these days are choosing to stay at home," said Rob Costello, president of Home Instead Senior Care. "With more seniors staying at home, safety becomes a bigger issue."

Care experts will walk you through changes you can make to prevent a slip or trip in your home. Changes might include lowering sprinkler heads outside on the lawn, minimizing clutter and clearing walkways throughout the house. In the bathroom, you should include a comfort-level toilet, add grab bars and avoid tubs and throw rugs, which can be a major tripping hazard.

Costello said to keep everything clear and easy to access, including telephones in case of emergency.

"I'm not as agile as I once was," said 93-year-old Kermit Greene, of Cathedral City. "I'd rather live at home, than be in a home."

Greene suffered a broken hip in a car crash 30 years ago. Living on his own, he doesn't want to risk breaking another one. He had care experts help make changes in his home.

The following safety tips from the Home Safety Council and Home Instead Senior Care can help.

  •    Keep stairs, steps, landings and all floors clear of clutter.
  •    Carry loads you can see over, and keep one hand free to hold banisters and railings.
  •     Safely tuck telephone and electrical cords out of walkways.
  •     If you need to climb, always use a ladder-although, for seniors, it's usually best to get others to do the climbing.
  •     Follow product label safety recommendations, like wearing gloves and masks when using harsh products.
  •     DO NOT mix household cleaning products together, since their contents can react and cause deadly results.
  •     Carefully read the labels on all products and medications. Separate those which say "Caution," "Warning," "Danger" or "Poison." Always empty cleaning buckets after use, and store them upside down.
  •     Make sure the water heater is set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent scalding.
  •     Keep a fire extinguisher handy, along with a fully stocked first-aid kit.
  •     Post emergency telephone numbers near every phone in the house.

For more information, contact Home Instead Senior Care at (760) 674-1905 or visit homeinstead.com

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