How Can You Help Prevent Seniors from Falling?
Did you know that every 19 minutes, a senior citizen dies from a fall or fall related injury in the United States? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among the older adults. They can happen anywhere and pose a great threat to your loved one’s overall health and well-being. It is important to provide them with a safe living environment to help reduce the risk of falling. Here are some tips that can help.
- Install a proper lighting system – Make sure every room has adequate lighting to reduce the risk of tripping or falling. Make sure that the interior and exterior entrance and walkway is well-lit. Motion sensors, timers or other electronic gadgets can help save money but make sure it is light enough to keep your loved one safe.
- Replace the old rugs – Replace worn or loose rugs to avoid falling. Some rugs can slip on wooden floors, so make sure you secure them with non-skid pads or non-skid tape to prevent them from moving.
- Create a safe walkway – Arrange furniture in such a way that there are clear paths to walk in the house. Hide extension cords, wires, and other hazards that can cause your loved one to trip and fall.
- Keep the room clutter free – All rooms should be clean and tidy, without any clutter laying around on the floor. This will greatly help to reduce the risk of falls for older adults.
- Install proper grab bars in the bathroom – Make sure to get proper grab bars installed in the bathroom to avoid slipping and falling.
However, seniors who are less physically active are more susceptible to falls. Encourage your senior family member to exercise regularly for stronger bones, muscles, and joints. You can accompany your loved one for a daily exercise routine to ensure their safety and spend more time with them. However, if are unable to, consider hiring an in-home caregiver.
An experienced caregiver will encourage and accompany your loved one during regular exercise. Always Best Care has highly trained, bonded, and insured care provides who offer compassionate in-home senior care services in Alexandria, Virginia.
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