Older people need to be given proper care. Many older people are neglected and left to live on their own, or a caregiver is employed to stay with them by their children. In this paper I will discuss an older woman’s perspective on the current dwelling place, specifically bathroom, cooking, sleeping, and living areas, in terms of safety concerns. Also, I will identify the transformation that can be made to improve home safety. Lastly, I will give my opinion on the changes made whether they have improved my safety.
I live in a four-bedroom house alone. Currently, I am 65 years of age. The house which I am living in is fully furnished because my children always purchase the equipment regularly. I usually use a gas cooker when preparing my meals in the kitchen. My bedroom is a few steps from the sitting room and the kitchen. My entire house is tiled. The bedroom has a bed, wardrobe, table, and chair only. I have a combined bathroom and toilet; the bathroom has a shower equipped with towels, bathing soap, and toothbrush.
These places tend to pose risks to my safety. First, having the whole house tiled most of the time, I sometimes slide and fall. Secondly, the house is big, and living alone often makes me feel insecure because I can be attacked easily. Thirdly, in most cases, I usually forget cooking meals with the gas cooker and only to remember when I smell burnt food.
The changes which I would need to be made in my home to improve my safety are first, the tiles to be removed from the bathroom, which becomes more slippery, especially when I am bathing and for the rest of the house floor mat to be placed on each room. Secondly, I need a helper in cooking and doing other house chores. These changes would improve my safety because it will reduce the number of times I usually fall due to slipperiness and feel secure when I have a helper.
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