How to prevent in-home injuries faced by elderly people?

Anyone would admit to having a natural proclivity for doing our best in order to ensure that we have a perfectly safe domestic environment for ourselves, and our family members. However, no one can deny the possibility of meeting with unforeseen accidents within the domain of our very own homes, that can substantially affect the quality of life.

As sedulous individuals, we should allow ourselves the time to think about the kind of in-home injuries that can affect our daily lives and the possible ways to combat them. A wee bit of consideration can ensure the most conscientious of households.

In the following section of the blog, we will talk about the most common in-home injuries faced by elderly people and ways to prevent them.

1. Falls:

Falls have been one of the most known enemies of humankind, causing severe to mild injuries in some. In certain cases, these injuries also turn out to be fatal. In most cases, these falls outcomes from unnoticed clutter, uneven surfaces, or inadequate lighting.

As preventives, you could consider clearing clutters, installing bars and rails in essential areas, as well as paying particular attention to the surface of the staircase, and toilet so as to avoid undue slips. Furthermore, you can use a pair of convenient shoes that prevent slips and arrange for adequate lighting in each corner of your house.

2. Cuts:

Cuts are quite commonplace as in-home injuries. Every household happens to have certain sharp objects for daily use (such as scissors, or knives). It may so happen that you injure yourself while running the general chores. Be it chopping the veggies, or knitting patterns, cuts, scrapes, and punctured skin can disrupt the flow of your work, causing immediate medical concern.

As preventives, you can consider not working too fast. Most importantly, it is imperative that you have all the protective equipment to wear in your possession and make use of them while working. Last, but not least, concentration is the key to avoiding such hazards.

3. Fire and Burns:

Fire and burns are particularly common as injuries that take place within the domain of our own home space. These injuries are mostly outcomes of unmonitored electrical devices, however, in some cases, it is also caused by the use of the kitchen space.

It is not unknown to us that fire and burns can cause life-threatening conditions in individuals. If we have to ensure that these accidents do not take place in our homes, we can consider the installation of anti-scald devices where necessary. Furthermore, smoke alarms can be particularly useful in both detection, and management.

4. Food Accidents:

A lack of food safety can cause injuries within the home space as well. We know, especially that children and the elderly suffer from many such injuries. Individuals can experience trouble with foods that can cause allergies. An anaphylactic shock can result in the outbreak of skin rashes, disturbed vision, and respiratory trouble that can also lead to choking without antihistamine interventions. Furthermore, engaging in conversations while taking meals can also cause the food to get to one’s windpipe, causing accidents.

In order to prevent food-related problems, a buyer should always be particular about the things that they are bringing home. Taking simple looks at the labels, and the date of expiry can make a lot of difference. It is also important to keep a track of food allergies that one may have and avoid certain items accordingly. It is also important to store the food at the right temperature. Finally, being a little cautious while eating can save one from choking.

5. Chemical Poisoning:

A very popular medical problem that arises at home is chemical poisoning. In a maximum number of cases, this either happens to children or the elderly of a given household. The reason behind chemical poisoning is mostly its irresponsible storage, which children do not understand, and the elderly can get confused.

As preventives, you can do two things. You could first store all the toxic chemicals in a cabinet that children will be unable to access. Next, you can put big labels on each bottle, so the elderly members of your household can clearly read the warnings.


Let us not forget that in-home injuries can quickly escalate to emergencies if not immediately addressed. Thus, we hope that this blog on how to prevent these familiar in-home hazards can offer you a greater degree of safety, leading to an even safer household.

We, at TriBeCa Care, care about you, and your family. Our Elder Care is categorically structured to provide the elderly with the support that they deserve. While we acknowledge that accidents are accidents, we also believe in “Better safe than sorry.”

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