Staying independent

Creating a safe home

"I want to know what changes I can make so I can continue to live in it safely."

Across the home

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Across the home

Here are some general tips to make your home environment safer.

Lighting

  • Make sure you have good lighting throughout your home, particularly near steps, stairways and corridors.
  • Check all bulbs are working, and consider replacing them with high wattage energy-saving replacements.

Floors

  • Check all corridors and walkways to make sure they are clear of obstructions.
  • Move furniture so you have a clear path through each room.
  • Keep floors clear of items, such as shoes, books and blankets.
  • Avoid using rugs and mats where possible. Alternatively use double-sided tape or a non-slip backing to secure them to the floor. You could also replace them with non-slip versions.
  • Try to organise your room so appliances are close to power sockets. Keep power cables tidy and out of the way with cable ties.
  • Avoid walking around the home with bare feet, tights, socks or loose-fitting slippers, particularly on lino as it can be slippery.

Pets

  • Pets are wonderful companions but they can get under your feet. Be aware of where they are when you are moving about.
  • Consider attaching a bell to your pet’s collar to alert you when they are nearby.

Technology and apps

Here’s some useful technology which could help you stay safe in your home:

My SOS Family

A smartphone app that allows you to alert emergency contacts if you are in distress by simply holding down the 'Home' button.

Lifeline

Worried about a fall? Consider getting a lifeline pendant so you can alert someone that you need help if you do fall.

Find out more about lifeline from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website.