When we experience a fall, most of us are able to shrug it off without any serious injury. For our elders, however, one bad fall can be debilitating to their health. The CDC states, that 3 million seniors are treated in emergency departments each year due to falls, with 1 out of every 5 falls causing an injury. As an elderly care provider, we will share tips to aid in fall prevention at home:
- Identify and Remove Trip Hazards
Common examples of trip hazards include loose wires, throw rugs, and stacks of old newspapers or magazines. You should also look out for any loose floorboards or torn carpeting. Be sure to remove these trip hazards to increase safety and keep the senior’s home organized.
- Improve the Lighting
Poor, dim lighting is a common cause of falls in the elderly, especially when they have declining vision. Improve the lighting in key areas like hallways, stairways, and the bathroom by installing newer, brighter lights.
- Improve Bathroom Safety
Aside from enlisting help from a home healthcare provider, you can increase safety in the bathroom by installing assistive devices. Great examples include non-slip mats, handrails, grab bars, and shower chairs.
- Receive Additional Help
A home care provider can offer personal care services to assist with day-to-day tasks. This not only makes tasks easier for seniors but also promotes overall well-being and reduces the risk of falls to enhance their quality of life as they age.
We at No Place Like Home Health Care LLC are comprised of compassionate and qualified caregivers in Chino Hills, California. With our services, you can rest assured your aging parent or loved one is cared for. Contact us to schedule an assessment or for inquiries about our services.