Attention to ergonomics can be useful in the design of your home.

For example with:

  • Indoor climate, heating and ventilation.
  • Bathrooms, many (unnecessary) accidents happen in bathrooms.
  • Kitchens, not only the design, but also the prevention of accidents.
  • Stairs, etc.

Safety in and around the house is very important.

It is not the intention to be afraid of things that can happen, but to prevent accidents as much as possible.

To prevent falls, a few basic rules apply:

  • No loose carpets.
  • Be careful with thresholds.
  • Do not stand on chairs.

A household staircase with a high bracket is much safer.

Stairs

Especially for the elderly, stairs must be very well lit and have a good handrail.

Stairs in old houses are often steep and have shallow steps.
It is often possible to improve the stairs with slightly larger steps with a good anti-slip edge.

Walking down is always difficult.

With "difficult" stairs it can be safer to go down the stairs backwards, less elegant, but safer.

Putting things on tap often happens and is something that must definitely be prevented.

It seems useful to put something that has to go up on the stairs, never do this!

Carrying things on the stairs is also something that certainly has to be done with extreme caution (preferably not at all) for someone who is not so agile, especially when carrying it down, that is a risk.

It hinders the view of the steps and a maximum of one hand is available to hold the handrail. Laundry can easily be put in a bag and thrown down.
There are two ways you can fall down a staircase:

1 - Losing balance

If you lose your balance, you fall forwards or backwards down the stairs, which leads to serious injury in almost all cases.

The way to prevent this is good support for the hands.

Handrails must meet a few requirements:

    They must be at the correct height on both sides of the stairs.
    The steps must be sufficiently rigid and have a shape that holds well.
    The attachment must be such that it is not necessary to release the handrail while walking.

2 - Slipping.

The most common way to fall down a staircase is to slip

Although less serious than falling by losing balance, it often leads to serious injury.

Stairs must meet the following requirements:

  1. Deep enough.
  2. Not too steep.
  3. Not slippery
  4. Highly visible (color / lighting etc).

Older stairs usually do not meet the first two conditions. That makes it extra important to pay extra attention to the last two.

Bathroom

A relatively large number of accidents occur in bathrooms; wet floors are simply smoother than dry floors.

There is always a chance of slipping, especially when getting out of a bath or shower cubicles.

Nowadays, non-slip tiles are often used in bathrooms, which are a bit stiffer than regular tiles.

Some manufacturers, such as Mosa, have tiles with different skid resistance, with the same color and motif.
This makes the floor for the bath or the shower stiffer than the rest of the bathroom.

Smooth tiles are much easier to clean.

It is also wise to place handles, they must be mounted properly, a handle that releases is of course very dangerous.

Some handles are attached with suction cups, which is always less good than a handle that is screwed down tightly.

Lighting

Good lighting is very important for the elderly.

As you age, your eyesight decreases, good lighting can compensate for this.

Good reading lighting is obvious, but also at other places in the house, for example, stairs, it is important to adjust the lighting.

Lighting is not only about the amount of light but also about the color rendering of the light, if it is not good it can cause severe fatigue and headache.

There are good energy-saving lamps and fluorescent tubes, but also many bad ones.

Another important aspect of lighting is switching it on and off, this can be improved by, for example, remote controls and automatic switches.

Good lighting is particularly important in dangerous places such as stairs and areas with obstacles.