Did you know that, according to AARP, 77% of seniors want to stay in their homes and communities as they age? These older adults mean it when they say, “There’s no place like home.”

If you have a senior living with you or are if you are a family caregiver for an older adult living with you, your loved one’s safety at home is of paramount importance. Their mobility may not be what it was a few years back, and possibly their sense of balance as well. These are prime reasons why 3 million seniors are treated each year in emergency rooms for injuries suffered from a fall.

At Seniors Prefer Homecare, we spend our days helping seniors stay safe at home. Here are five home safety hacks for seniors that we believe will help you breathe easier knowing your loved one’s chances of falling or getting injured are reduced.

1. Remove Hazards

Many falls occur because of hazards, such as unsecured throw rugs, furniture placed in the senior’s walking path (like footstools, tables, etc.), electric and extension cords, and loose railing on outdoor steps and indoor stairways.

2. Install Safety and Accessibility Equipment

Once the obvious hazards are removed, bathroom safety needs to be addressed since there are so many mishaps because of wet tiles and floors causing slips and falls.

These are some new materials you can add and modifications you can make: place non-slip strips in bathtubs and showers, add grips or grab bars by showers and toilets for added stability, place a waterproof seat in the shower, and consider replacing the standard toilet seat with a model that has a high profile and raised seat.

In other areas of your home, replace doorknobs with lever handles that are easier than turning a doorknob for many seniors, install nightlights in hallways and between bedrooms and bathrooms, and make sure all of the rooms and stairways in your home are well lit.

3. Invest in a Medical Alert System

This is a must-have if your senior is alone in the home and has a medical emergency. Most models are easy to use and involv