Reducing the Risk of Falls for Seniors

Did you know that September 22 is Falls Prevention Awareness Day? This is the perfect time of the year for you and your senior to brush up on the ways that you both can help prevent falls in your loved one’s home. This is because falls are all too common once you reach a certain age. Seniors are much more likely to fall in their home and not be able to get up on their own. In addition to this, your senior might face broken bones that take much longer to heal than when they were younger and bruises that could lead to more complications. Keep reading down below to get all of the top tips we have for ensuring that your senior who is receiving in-home care in Columbia is safe from scary falls.

  • Make sure that there is no clutter in your senior’s home. If it’s time for some spring cleaning, make sure to get this done sooner rather than later. This is especially important in those areas of the home that your senior frequents, like the stairs or the kitchen. If there is clutter along the walls or on the floor, this drastically increases the chance that your senior might fall and injure themselves.
  • In order to decrease the chances that your senior will fall without a way of getting up, have grab bars installed around the home. These should be mainly in the bathroom around the bathtub and as stair rails up and down the stairs. This will help your senior improve their balance when in these precarious areas of the house and help them keep themselves from falling.
  • Make sure that there is plenty of lighting in your senior’s home. This is going to ensure that they can see where they’re going at night or when there’s not so much light outside. If there’s no light in their home, they won’t be able to see an object on the floor that could trip them up.
  • See about getting your senior a pair of shoes that have great traction. This is going to really help them out when walking in their home or outside in their neighborhood.
  • Make sure that you check the side effects of any medication your senior is taking. A lot of medication might increase the risk that your senior might fall in their home.
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