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Security in the home
Age brings - sooner or later for everyone - a decrease in muscle strength or limitations in mobility, hearing or sight. Although senior citizens are usually very cautious, they are particularly likely to have accidents. At around 80 percent, falls are the most common cause of accidents among older people at home. Important factors for safe living are the elimination of sources of danger in the home and measures that enable rapid help in emergency situations.
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Warning: danger of falling
A particularly large number of accidents happen in the bathroom. The warm and humid climate can lead to circulatory problems and dizziness. A simple measure to prevent falls are non-slip mats in front of and in the bathtub or shower tray. Rubber mats with suction cups can be installed quickly and provide support even when your feet are wet.
Bathroom carpets should be non-slip on the floor side. Grab bars in the shower, bathtub and toilet also reduce the risk of falling and prevent injuries. Should something happen, helpers must be able to take action quickly. Bathroom and toilet doors should therefore open outwards.
Accidents can easily occur in poorly lit staircases. Light switches at the beginning and end of the stairs or motion detectors are helpful. In the stairwell, a continuous handrail provides support on both sides. It should go beyond the first and last stage. For people with limited mobility, a stairlift is not only comfortable but also safe. The flooring should be made of non-slip material. Single-lever mixer taps with a built-in thermostat are recommended in the kitchen, as they protect against scalding.
Help at the push of a button
For many single people, a call help offers the opportunity to stay in their own four walls even if they are in need. This helps to reassure relatives that help is available in an emergency. With a call help, support can be requested at the push of a button. By pressing an alarm button, which is worn on the wrist like a wristwatch, a connection to the emergency call center of the aid organization is automatically established within a few seconds.
The person in need of help can now speak to the emergency call center via a hands-free facility without having to pick up the telephone receiver. This form of help can be used permanently or only for a few weeks. The call assistance device is installed quickly and unbureaucratically by the respective aid organization. Often there are no installation costs or there are free promotions. A monthly rent covers the costs for the device or the associated service.
You can request call assistance from the regional offices of the following aid organizations, for example:
- Workers' Samaritan Association Austria
- Aid Organization Austria
- Austrian red cross
- Volkshilfe Austria
Tip The Safety at Home brochure presents tips against accidents in the second half of life.
Further information on household security can be found at the Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit and on the subject of "emergency telephone" at help.gv.at.