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Watch more Aging & Health videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/283-Aging-and-Health Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Create a safe home for an elderly person by paying attention to these details. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Replace knobs and faucets Replace standard doorknobs in the home with levers. Switch out hot and cold taps in the bathroom with a single lever faucet. Step 2: Stock the pantry Stock the pantry with easy-to-open foods that are easy to reheat. The microwave oven, cups, and utensils should be easy to reach. Tip Keep a clean house -- clutter can be dangerous for the elderly. Step 3: Install light switches Install illuminated light switches throughout the home. Add brighter lighting in dark halls and corners, on stairways, and in the foyer. Step 4: Confirm alarms work Confirm that smoke alarms work -- install new batteries. Step 5: Replace mats and carpets Put non-skid grip mats under carpets, bathmats, and at doorways. Step 6: Rework thresholds Rework risen thresholds to eliminate trip zones and provide railings on both sides for stairways inside and out. Tip Remove all glass tops and furniture with points and edges. Step 7: Put in grab bars Equip the bathroom with grab bars in the shower and by the toilet. A suctioned rubber mat in the shower helps guard against slips. Add inflatable suctioned wall cushions. Did You Know? Did you know? People over 75 years old have the highest risk of injuries.
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