Yes, another year has flown by and if you are a senior like me it’s time to get ready for the future. Even if you don’t feel like a senior, you are. And because we are seniors, we need to be proactive about our health. Eat better, drink less and exercise more.

This alone will not stop a silly accident, though. As we get older, we don’t think about the consequences of not creating a safe environment. However, all of us seniors need to be proactive in our home environments. So, how do we become environmentally proactive? We need to break down key accident-prone areas in our homes. The main ones are stairs, slippery walkways and bathrooms.

1) Slippery walkways


Use mildew cleaners and be very careful when wearing dress shoes. Put down non-slip strips and walk slower.

2) Stairs For sure, no sliding on the railing. Hold the railing. That’s what it is for. Go slower, especially down, and be extra careful if you are carrying something.

3) Bathrooms Seventy-two percent of all seniors get hurt in the bathroom. Ninety-nine percent of these accidents are from getting in and out of the bathtub. Get rid of the bathtub. Put in a shower with handibars, a non-slip floor and a seat. Change the bathroom floor to a non-slip vinyl floor. Use handibars for towel bars and get a taller toilet. Keep it simple but safe.

There are many other ideas for the home to make it environmentally safe, and as we get older, it is pretty much the smartest thing we can do. Why? Because who can afford $4,000-$15,000 a month for a care home? But more importantly, who wants to leave home?

So, become environmentally proactive. Be selfish to have a better quality of life because no one plans an accident. If we turn too fast or bump something, we are on the floor. That’s how accidents happen.


This is the best advice I, as a contractor who specializes in being environmentally proactive, can give you.

I am Matt, the owner of Tropical Wholesale, and I have a showroom at 1351 S. Beretania St. Come by so we can give you ideas on how to be environmentally proactive. Get a better quality life and live your life out in your own home.

Or, call Tropical at 808-593-2000, and we can come to your home and give you suggestions so you can have the best quality of life possible.

ADDRESS 1351 S. Beretania St., Honolulu