We Can Help – Sage Tips for Safety & Comfort

Safety & Comfort

 

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Intro

Sage Tips are organized to help you make better decisions about safety, comfort and ease of use when buying a product to Age in Place.

Below learn more about aspects of safety, comfort and ease of use.

We also have a few other Sage Tips, such as these:

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The Buying Guides review your product feature choices, integrating health needs, lifestyle goals and Sage Tips for safety, comfort and ease of use.

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SAFETY

At Sage in Home, SAFETY is our top priority.

To help you make better decisions about a home regarding safety, we created the following subcategories of safety: Fall Prevention; Right Size; Hygiene; Multi-Gen/Use; and Personal Safety.

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Prevent Falls

FALL PREVENTION is important regardless of age, health and capabilities or even the design of the home.

We all know that fall prevention is important, but Sage in Home actually helps you do something about it!

In the Sage Tip section we provide a fall prevention tip and a list of the features where you will find more fall prevention tips in the Buying Guide.

5 Fall Hazards

Below we list a few common falling hazards around the home.

  1. Poorly placed products and furniture that causes loss of balance
  2. Rugs, mats, flooring or stairs that are unsecured, uneven or in disrepair creating a tripping hazard
  3. Flooring areas that become wet that aren’t slip resistant
  4. Poor lighting, especially at night when we are drowsy and not fully alert
  5. Improperly placed safety upgrade products, such as grab bars, that can be missed if a person experiences dizziness

A goal, not an absolute

According to the CDC, falls are largely preventable.

We can all take actions to improve safety of the environment, particularly the home. But, falls typically involve “something” about the person, such as not being alert or experiencing dizziness, as illustrated above.

So as we encourage you to do what you can to plan consider fall prevention, we suggest that you aim for improvements wherever you can find them and avoid getting caught up in trying to find perfection.

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Right Size

It’s not difficult to see that a large pair of pants on a small grandmother is a problem for safety, comfort and ease of use.

What about the products around grandma? Are they the right size?

Our Right Size sage tips point you to product features that relate to the:

  • Physical size of a PERSON – Matching the product or product features to the weight, height and other physical characteristics of a person for safe and comfortable use.
  • Physical space in the HOME– Matching the product or product features to the design and structural elements of the home for safety.

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Hygiene

Hygiene is an often overlooked safety topic.

Pooling water is breeding grounds for bacteria – particularly in a bathroom.

Water can pool on many bathroom products from bath chairs to installed shower benches to walk in bathtubs.

Cleaning which is essential can be missed. Active people are busy leading their active lives. Others forget to clean.

We have Sage Tips for improving product hygiene and selecting features that can help you reduce the cleaning required for safety from a hygiene perspective.

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Multi- Gen /Use

In North America and elsewhere, there is a growing trend for multiple generations of a family to live together. Benefits of multi-gen living include reduced costs, help (e.g. babysitting and “senior-sitting”), companionship and stronger relationships. However, sharing a home amongst generations can create safety issues.

In addition, longer life spans means that more couples are aging together in their home for a longer period of time. When a product is used by multiple people - whether couples or visitors to a home - safety issues may arise.

The Buying Guides address Multi-Gen/User issues that can arise when multiple generations are in a home, whether full time or as a visitor, as well as issues due to multiple users of any age.

The focus of Multi-Gen is SAFETY. In the Sage Tips for COMFORT and EASE OF USE, you can find pointers about achieving those goals in a multi-generational home.

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Personal Safety

PERSONAL SAFETY involves all aspects of safety not covered by fall prevention, right size, hygiene and multi-gen/use, such as:

  • General Safety – The prevention of common injuries in the home such as burns, cuts and the ingestion of poisonous substances
  • Safe Daily Routines – Ensuring that the activities of daily living are conducted safely. Includes daily drug dispensing routines prescribed by a qualified healthcare professionals
  • Secure Home – To protect the family while in and around the home including the ability to keep intruders out. Includes monitoring for personal and home safety
  • Emergency Response – To seek safety assistance from police, ambulance or other emergency services when the inhabitants or the home are at risk

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COMFORT

Comfort is a vital aspect of active living. Comfort can enhance a person’s physical well-being, and sometimes their mental well-being.

Comfort might be achieved through:

  • Relaxation and stress relief (e.g. hydrotherapy in a walk-in bath)
  • Material textures, such as the grip on a grab bar, and softness (e.g. padding on an armrest)
  • Pain relief to specific areas of the body such as a neck or back rest
  • Removing constraints that limit free movement or activities (e.g. eliminating the threshold to get into a shower).

What determines COMFORT? - Primarily three factors:

  • Right Size
  • Capabilities
  • Preferences

Right Size
Comfort is often about getting a good match between a product feature and the:

  • Physical size or weight of a person
  • Measurements of the space available in relevant area of a home.

At Sage in Home, we also consider getting the right size to be an important safety issue. You will find Sage Tips about finding the right size for safety under the safety topic “Right Size”.

Find tips relating to sizing for comfort in Sage Tips under comfort in the left hand menu.

Capabilities
Health issues and concerns can present challenges for the activities of daily living in terms of mobility, arm and hand movement, hearing, memory and vision.

If you mother has Fibromyalgia syndrome, you are likely aware of the need to consider the texture of the surfaces that touch the skin and the softness of products she will use.

Our Sage Tips about comfort will help you find a match between the capabilities of the person using a product and its features.

Preferences
Many of us have personal preferences for “comfort”. We want certain materials, textures, degrees of firmness, colors and other product features. We, our parents and our children have personal likes and dislikes.

Sometimes, we don’t know what our COMFORT options are in a product and whether we should have a preference.

Our Sage Tips about comfort help clarity what it means for a product and demystify some of the claims made about comfort by product manufacturers.

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EASE OF USE

At Sage in Home, EASE OF USE describes services, products, product features or aspects of home design that offer an aspect of convenience, such as being simple to understand, saving time and reducing effort to operate or use.

Many product features that offer EASE OF USE are “basic” features discussed in SAFETY.

Where there are additional features, often features that are an “add-on”, that can further improve the ease of use of a product, we will discuss and provide tips under EASE OF USE.

An example of ease of use feature is a handheld shower holder, available in a number of bathroom products such as bath chairs, installed showers, transfer benches and walk in baths.