The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has designated September 22, 2018, as National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, a day that underscores the importance of fall prevention in the elderly and the vital need for fall prevention education. In fact, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for one in every four Americans age 65 or over. What’s even more staggering is that every 19 minutes an older person dies from injuries sustained from falling.*
The good news is that by identifying and modifying potential risk factors in a senior’s home environment, as well as understanding any additional issues that may contribute to a fall, can significantly assist in preventing senior falls. Taking a look at the medications they are taking, as well as any health conditions or impairments they may have are all good places to start.
Home Safety and Fall Prevention in the Home
Every day, The HomeAides is dedicated to safety and fall prevention in the home by providing fall prevention strategies and assistance to your loved one. We believe in the adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That is why we are diligent in recognizing possible trip hazards that could lead to a potential fall. We are fervent in our daily mission in helping your loved one to retain their freedom by living at home while ensuring a safe and healthy environment. Recognizing potential dangers before they happen is an essential part of our fall prevention for a seniors care plan.
Here are a few fall prevention tips we recommend:
- Keep high traffic areas free from any clutter such as electrical cords, small pieces of furniture, pet items, and other obstacles that may be considered a trip hazard.
- Secure rugs and carpeting or remove them entirely; use non-slip mats in bathrooms.
- Ensure that hallways, stairs, and doorways are well lit as falls (especially in bathrooms) can occur late at night when the lights are dim.
- Rearrange furniture, so there are clear pathways to move around freely.
- Install grab bars next to the toilet and in the shower or bathtub.
- Use a raised toilet seat to get on and off more easily.
- Add hand railings to both sides of the stairs.
- Fix uneven or broken steps.
- Place commonly used items such as clothing or kitchen items on lower shelves.
- Ensure outdoor areas are well lit, and walkways have excellent traction and are clear of ice, snow, or any type of debris.
- Wear shoes with rubber soles.
- Avoid using floor wax/polish.
Fall Prevention Exercises
At The HomeAides, we recognize that physical activity can significantly assist in fall prevention in the elderly. (Of course with a doctor’s permission.) According to the Mayo Clinic, engaging in light exercises such as walking, tai chi, and water activities can reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility. Depending on your loved one’s physical capabilities, their medical doctor may recommend a physical therapist who can create a custom exercise program targeted at improving balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and gait. The HomeAides will ensure that your loved one engages in the physical activity they need along with the assistance they require.
The HomeAides’ Fall Prevention Care services include:
- Fall Prevention.
- Medication Reminders.
- Mobility Assistance & Transfers.
- Toileting & Incontinence Care.
- Grooming & Hygiene.
- Meal Preparation.
- Light Housekeeping.
- Cognitive, Social and Emotional Support.
The HomeAides is steadfast in our commitment to keeping your loved one safe by avoiding falls. Learn how our Fall Prevention program can significantly benefit your loved one. Contact us today at 860-920-5562 or visit our website for more information.
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