Falls are a common occurrence with Seniors. A study done among Seniors found that preventing falls, and the resulting injuries from these falls, can reduce or delay the need to move to a long-term care facility. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury death among older adults. Here are a few tips to help you gain confidence to maintain your independence.
Health and age related changes often attribute to falls. Some of these include problems with balance, slow reflexes, poor eyesight, and use of certain medication. If you are aware of these changes occurring, make sure that you take precautions while being mobile.
Dangerous situation in the homes also attribute to falls. To prevent this from happening, assess your living situation and take proactive measures to ensure your safety. Some things to be aware of in your home are slippery floors, poor lighting, electrical cords in pathways, loose rugs, raised thresholds, and clutter. Try these tips to help make the inside of your home safe:
Remove all extraneous clutter in your home. Keep telephone and electrical cords out of pathways. Tack rugs and glue vinyl flooring so they lie flat. Remove or replace rugs or runners that tend to slip or attach non-slip backing. Do not stand on chairs to reach for things. Store frequently used items where you can conveniently reach them. Keep a well-lit home, inside and out! Use nightlights and keep flashlights handy. Install handrails on both sides of the stairs to keep you steady.
In your bathroom, add grab bars in the shower, tub, and toilet area. Use non-slip adhesive strips inside the shower or tub. Consider getting a stool or bench to use in the shower.
For outside of your home, paint the outdoor steps with a mixture of sand and paint for better traction. Keep outdoor walkways clear, and well-lit. Make sure snow and ice are kept clear from entrances and sidewalks.
We hope that these tips have been useful in making your home as safe as possible for you. Our ultimate goal is to keep people safely in their homes, and help them maintain their independence as long as possible!
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