Have you been caring for an aging loved one for some time now? Perhaps, on the other hand, you’re just getting started on your journey of caring for them. Regardless, you must be aware of the risks they face. One of the most common risks experienced by older people is that of falling. Fortunately, there are things you can do in the way of fall prevention.
For adults aged 65 and over, millions experience a fall every year. Their quality of life, mobility, and general functionality can be negatively impacted depending on the severity of the injuries. They may even be at increased risk of death.
Falls in the Home
In the United States, the leading cause of both nonfatal and fatal injuries is falls, according to the Centers For Disease Control. For adults 65 and over, at least 35% to 40% seek fall-related medical attention at least once a year. Home is where 6 of 10 falls usually occur, according to the National Institute of Health. The safer the home of your aging loved one is, the better. Some steps can be taken to reduce home fall risks:
- Always make sure a phone can be easily accessed. Ensure your elderly loved one is wearing a fall button, alarm button, medic alert button, or something similar.
- Help your loved one develop better balance with balance-oriented exercises.
- Certain medications can produce side effects such as a loss of balance. Do your research.
- If your loved one’s vision is failing, make sure to provide appropriate eyewear.
- Ensure your loved one is wearing proper footwear.
Alterations to the Home Environment
The following changes can be made in the home of your loved one to make it a safer environment:
- To prevent slipping, consider using floor mats, but make sure the edges are not going to present a tripping problem.
- It might be time to assess the kitchen and see if some rearranging is in order.
- If a wheelchair is used by your loved one, ramps can be of great assistance. They also help people who use walkers, scooters, etc.
- Bathroom adjustments can be made including grab bars, raised toilet seats with handles, and more.
- Organize cabinets and closets.
- Make sure sturdy furniture is placed throughout their home.
- Make stairs Make sure they aren’t slippery and there are no frayed carpet edges to trip on. Handrails should always be present.
- Remove tripping hazards like extension cords, electrical cords, slippery rugs, clutter, and make sure they’re not tripping over a beloved pet, as well.
Providing a Safe Environment at Blue Ridge
Both you and your loved one can rest a little easier knowing there is always someone there when you need them at the Blue Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care community. If falls have become a problem, you and your loved one may choose to opt for assisted living. This way, there will always be assistance when needed, and 24/7 monitoring by professional caregivers.
There are, in fact, numerous amenities and perks to residing in our community. Contact us today if you’d like to find out more or, better yet, schedule a tour.