According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of four seniors aged 65 or older fall each year in the United States. Falls can result in serious injuries such as fractures and head traumas and can even be fatal.
Here are some tips to help prevent your aging loved one from falling in the home:
Remove tripping hazards: Clear clutter, such as boxes or cords, from walkways and stairs. Remove loose rugs or use non-slip backing to secure them.
Improve lighting: Make sure all areas of the home are well lit. Use night lights in hallways and bathrooms.
Install handrails: Install handrails on both sides of stairs and in bathrooms near the toilet and shower.
Wear appropriate footwear: Wear shoes with non-slip soles that fit well and provide good support.
Secure loose carpets: Secure loose carpets or rugs to prevent them from slipping or bunching up.
Keep items within reach: Store frequently used items at waist level or lower, so they are easy to reach.
Maintain physical activity: Encourage your loved ones to maintain physical activity to improve balance and strength.
Have regular vision checks: Poor vision can increase the risk of falls, so it's important to have regular eye exams.
Review medications: Some medications can cause dizziness or affect balance. Talk to a doctor about any medications that may be affecting balance.
Install stairlifts or ramps: If your loved ones have difficulty with stairs, consider installing a stairlift or ramp to make it easier for them to get around.
By following these tips, seniors can reduce their risk of falls and stay safe in their homes. If you or a loved one needs assistance improving their mobility and safety in the home, give us a call, we want to help. Affirmation Home Health has helped patients recover from falls and implement fall prevention strategies in the home. Reach out today.