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Decreasing Elderly Fall Risk Around the Home

By Home Care Assistance, 6:04 pm on

The senior care experts at Warren Home Care Assistance cannot stress enough the importance of preventing falls among the elderly. Seniors tend to have weaker bones and longer recovery times, meaning a serious fall often has more serious consequences than healthy adults fully understand. Luckily, there are a few simple things senior caregivers can do around the house to help prevent a senior loved one from falling.

Lighting

Well-lit rooms are essential to senior safety. Install extra lamps at every room entrance and make sure the path from the bed to the bathroom is illuminated with nightlights. If your loved one’s house has stairs, be sure there is ample lighting over the stairway and a lamp or light switch at either end of the staircase.

Stairs

As mentioned, staircases should have ample lights, and stairways should be clear of any clutter. If the stairway has a carpeted runner, make sure it’s secured to prevent bunching and movement. Also, make sure there are handrails on both sides of the stairway and that they are secured to the wall.

Bathrooms

Use nonskid carpets on bathroom floors and nonskid bathmats in the shower or bathtub. Grip bars in the shower and near the toilet can help your senior loved one stay stable when moving around in the bathroom. Using a towel rack for support is never a good idea, so if necessary install extra grip bars around the bathroom to prevent your loved one from trying to grab a towel rack if he or she feels unsteady.

Floors

All rugs and carpets should have a nonstick backing and the edges should be tapped down to create a smooth transition from wood floors to rugs. Avoid running electrical cords under carpets or through the room. Instead, purchase extension cords to run along the base of the wall.

If your senior loved one is aging in place, take some time to modify his or her home and make it safer for day-to-day living. If he or she living alone still concerns you, it’s time to consider an hourly or live-in caregiver in Warren. Home Care Assistance caregivers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and put through an extensive background check and training process. For more information or to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation, call (908) 450-9400 to speak with a trusted Care Manager today.