Enhancing Elderly Home Safety for Elderly Fall Prevention Is Essential
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.