Enhancing Elderly Home Safety for Elderly Fall Prevention Is Essential

by Susan
(Butler, PA)

I'm just going to jump right in here and say that I am extremely concerned about elderly home safety as far as elderly falls is concerned. I have elderly parents, and yes, like many in the healthcare field, I am also concerned about their safety in their own home.

It's not yet time for my parents to consider going into assisted living or long-term care, but I often wonder if their home provides them with the safe and secure environment that they've always enjoyed.

We have to remember that things that were never previously an issue can become serious issues for seniors. Decreased vision, balance, coordination, and stability can provoke a trip, a fall, and serious injury. When it came to my elderly parents, I worried about this. I took action.

My brother and I went over to my parent’s house and spent an entire day looking at it through their eyes. Could that rug cause a trip? (Tacked it down). Were the electrical cords pulled away from chairs and walking paths? (Tucked under carpets or close to walls).

We spent a good amount of time in the kitchen and bathroom, placing non-skid rugs and anti-slip stickers into the tub and shower. My brother installed grab rails in the tub enclosure.

Our parents didn't mind us rearranging some furniture, reducing clutter, and getting rid of a couple of throw rugs. They knew that we were trying to reduce elderly fall risks and accidents in their home. I suggest that my readers do the same.

Go to your loved one’s home and look at it through their eyes, with their visual, cognitive, balance, or stability limitations. Growing numbers of seniors today are aging in place, so let's make that place - their home – as accident-proof as possible.

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lift chairs
by: Anonymous

Lift chair recliners, thanks to their rising seat, are specially designed chairs intended to help the individual get in and out of a chair. They can be particularly helpful for some seniors with mobility problems.

Handrails and grab bars
by: Janet

My mom is unsteady on her feet so I have paid particular attention to fall prevention around her house.

I added a second handrail to the stairs. I put a handrail along the wall between her bedroom and the bathroom to prevent stumbles when she gets up at night to toilet, also in the hallway downstairs opposite the washer and dryer.

I put vertical grab bars by the jambs of the front door and the patio slider so she can hang on and steady herself as she opens or closes the door.

I added grab bars at the end of the kitchen counter and at other strategic points in her paths of travel. I want her to feel safe in her home.

Elderly Home Safety Also Applies to Kitchen Safety
by: Susan

Don't forget that home safety also applies to food. I was shocked when I cleaned out my grandparents’ food pantry. There was stuff in there that dated back to the 1980s! No joke.

Make sure all food and boxed or canned items have not exceeded their expiration date.

Elderly Home Safety and Elderly Falls
by: Mari Jo

I read your article and did just that. My grandmother told me I didn't have to, but I even installed grab bars in her bath enclosure and one by the toilet.

It didn't cost a much, didn't take me very long, but provides an incredible amount of added peace of mind, not only for me, but for her as well.

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