Older people need to keep their homes in good repair, as they spend most of their time there, and it can be difficult to move away from a poorly maintained home.
The homeowner may need repair services include plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry, painting, and landscaping. These types of repairs often require professional knowledge or special equipment. It is best to hire a skilled service provider who is licensed and insured, but if the aging person does not want someone coming into his/her house frequently, he/she could do some repairs themself by taking courses on particular skills or purchasing materials at hardware stores. However, it is recommended that all DIY repairs are watched over by a family member or repair person while being carried out.
For home repair services in Columbus, OH, it is a good idea to have a list of contractors and their telephone numbers available in the kitchen or the bedroom so that if something goes wrong, one can call right away before it gets worse. In an emergency, such as a power outage after a storm, be sure to always have flashlights and extra batteries on hand because older people should not go into basements or garages alone where there may be carbon monoxide fumes from gas appliances.
Many repairs need not be dealt with urgently, but they should still be attended to regularly, especially ones that could cause injuries to anyone using them, such as leaky faucets. Replacing broken floorboards will prevent falls by people unaware of where they are walking. Broken handrails should also be repaired to stop anyone from falling down stairs.
It is good for older people to learn how to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, how to turn off water, gas and electricity supplies; turn off propane tanks; test the fire alarm; put on smoke masks; call 911 or emergency services (dialing “0” reaches 911); know what tools like axes, crowbars and ladders are available in case something needs to be broken open or climbed up or hung on. Being prepared saves time when emergencies happen! Also knowing basic first aid could make all the difference between life and death.