Reducing the Risk of Falls for Seniors
By the time you have roughly finished reading this sentence, a senior in the United States will have died as a result of a fall, according to the National Council on Aging.
That statistic is even more shocking when you take into consideration the fact that a fall is usually an entirely preventative accident.
To make sure seniors in home care in Tacoma WA are as safe as can be this summer, we’ve drawn up a quick list of some of the easiest measures a loved one can take to reduce the risk of any falls.
1) Rearrange Furniture
A senior should be able to walk freely through their home without having to worry about running into any furniture.
Their walkways should also be clear and their pathway as straight as can be. This way, they won’t have to make any unnecessary turns that could lead to them losing their balance.
2) Consider Grab Rails
Grab rails should be installed in as many areas in the home as possible but in particular on stairs and in bathrooms.
They ensure a senior always has something to hold onto should they lose their balance, as well as helping them get up from a sitting position.
3) Install Carpets
A tile or laminate flooring can become a slip hazard when wet, so it’s best to install a carpet flooring in every room bar the bathroom.
4) Check Lighting
It’s common sense, but to be able to walk safely, you need to be able to see what you’re doing. Double check a senior’s light bulbs to make sure they’re all working and install any additional lighting – particularly in stairwells – to try and make their life a little easier.
5) Inspect Medication
Certain types of medication, such as sleeping pills or painkillers, can lead to drowsiness. As a result, a senior taking such medicine may become more unsteady on their feet than usual, so it’s worth double checking with a senior’s doctor to see if there are any safer alternatives.
6) Watch out for Dehydration
Age-related changes to the body in older age, such as a reduced sensation of thirst, can lead to a senior being dehydrated without them even realizing.
A natural consequence of this is dizziness and vertigo, which a senior is most likely to be hit with when they get up from a sitting or lying position.
An easy way solution to this is to make sure they have a jug of water next to them throughout the day. If a senior has a penchant for tea or coffee, consider buying a small kettle for their main seating area.