Reduce the Risk of Elderly Falls It Will Ease Your MInd as a Caregiver
Elderly Falls - Prevention a Must
Elderly falls are among the leading cause of permanent injury, loss of independence, and sometimes even death for seniors. When it comes to my own parents, I take their safety and security very seriously. They still live at home, so I've been proactive in trying to do a little elderly fall prevention project in their home.
While they were out of town for the weekend, and with their permission, I spent a couple of days in their home during daytime and nighttime hours, looking at everything through a senior’s point of view. I walked through the house, shuffling my feet and not walking like I normally would.
I even resorted to putting on sunglasses to decrease my inside vision. I ended up with some bruised shins and a new awareness of how physical limitations could make an otherwise safe and comfortable living environment a potentially dangerous one.
I removed loose throw rugs or tacked them down to the floor to reduce the risk of shoes or my mom's cane and walker from getting caught.
I had my husband install grab bars in the bath tub/shower combination, and placed nonslip (anti-skid) rugs in the bathroom and rubber mats in the kitchen in front of the sink and the stove. The rubber mats are padded and help keep leg fatigue down.
I did a little rearranging of the furniture to provide more open space, and plugged in those automatic nightlights that go on in the evening in the bedroom, the hallway, the bathroom, and in the kitchen.
These are just a few of the things that everyone can do to reduce the risk of falls for the elderly.