This year, show your mom how much you love her by giving her the best gift of all—home safety. Taking a look around your mother’s home for potential hazards is an important and often overlooked way to ensure that she stays independent, healthy, and safe. From loose throw rugs to broken stairs to shaky railings, there are plenty of opportunities to make her home safer. Let’s take a look at what you can do to help keep your mom safe.
Check the Lighting
The first thing you should do is take a look at the lighting in your mother’s house. Are all the lightbulbs working properly? If not, replace them with bulbs that are designed for long-term use and will last longer than traditional bulbs. This will reduce the risk of falls due to poor visibility and also help save on electricity bills over time.
Secure Loose Flooring
Loose flooring can be one of the most dangerous safety hazards in a home. Make sure that all rugs and mats are tucked firmly into place or removed altogether if they’re too loose or worn out. If possible, replace any carpets that are worn or frayed with new ones that have non-skid backing and won’t shift easily when walked on. Doing this will greatly reduce the risk of slips and falls in your mother’s home.
Inspect Stairs & Railings
Stairs can be especially tricky for seniors who may have trouble climbing them due to arthritis or other mobility issues. Check each step for any wear or tear and make sure that handrails are secure before allowing your mother to use them again. If you notice any structural damage, consider hiring a professional contractor to make repairs or even install an elevator if necessary (if available in your area). This may seem like an expensive option but it could save your mother from serious injury if she were ever to fall down the stairs while using them unassisted.
Mother's Day is a special time of year when we recognize our mothers for everything they've done for us over the years—but why not go one step further this year? Showing mom how much you care doesn't always require expensive gifts; sometimes it just requires taking a few moments out of your day to ensure her home is as safe as possible so she can stay independent and healthy well into old age! From checking lighting fixtures to securing loose flooring and inspecting stairs & railings, there are plenty of ways to make sure mom's living space is free from potential hazards this Mother's Day—and every day after!