Taking Care of Elderly Parents: Fall Prevention for Seniors

affordable home care companies at home caregivers home help for the elderly home care service non medical senior care for older people in home help for senior companion careThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one out of three Americans age 65 and older falls each year. Roughly 20 percent of falls cause serious injuries including lacerations, broken bones, and head injuries. Weakened balance, vision, and physical strength affect an elderly person’s ability to stay on his/her feet, so regular medication reviews, and eyesight and overall health exams are essential.

Right at Home’s Fall Prevention Guide helps family caregivers and seniors identify and avert fall hazards inside and outside the home. The guide offers practical home safety tips including the following:

 

 

Bathroom                  
Common fall hazard: Slippery floor surfaces; towels or slippery rugs on the floor
Prevention: Lay nonslip mats on the floor and install grab bars in a contrasting color.

Bedroom
Common fall hazard: Poor lighting (especially at night)
Prevention: Ensure a light is within easy reach of the bed, and use nightlights to illuminate the path from the bed to the bathroom.
 
Kitchen
Common fall hazard: Unstable chairs
Prevention: Use stable, non-wheeled kitchen chairs with armrests to help older adults sit and stand up safely.

 

In addition to protecting older adults from indoor falls, more slips and spills occur on external premises, especially in inclement weather. Fortunately, many falls outside can be prevented through proactive measures including the following:

Stay aware of uneven terrain and slippery surfaces. Watch for holes, tree roots, and ice.

Check the height of curbs and steps before stepping up on them or down from them. Curbs with inclines or cutaways for bicycles can be misleading.

In addition to the Fall Prevention Guide, the Right at Home national website also features a monthly elderly fall prevention blog by Dr. Rein Tideiksaar, a gerontologist and geriatric physician’s assistant.

Paul Blom, CEO

 

 

March 14, 2016

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