Posted on Oct 31, 2013
Don’t Slip Trip or Fall with In Home Care for the Elderly
It’s hard to believe that Halloween is already here. When visiting local shopping malls, you can already start to see the beginnings of Christmas and winter holiday decorations and preparation. Fall is the right time to prepare your elderly loved one’s home with not only the holiday theme but also to prevent slips and trips that can cause major injury.
Studies have concluded that falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the United States. Fall prevention is the best way to protect your elderly loved one from injuring themselves in their home. Some of the common locations for trips and slips are doorways, cluttered floors and hallways, stairs and areas in the home with heavy traffic.
There are many ways to prevent your elderly loved one from falling in their home. First, secure any electrical cords out of high traffic areas. If your loved one’s home is tiled or has wood floors, it is a good idea to lay down area rugs on non-skid mats. This is not only softer on their feet, but will also keep your elderly loved one from slipping. It may be beneficial to use bath mats in the bathroom so that when exiting the shower on wet feet, your loved one is less likely to slip and fall.
Whenever possible, check stairways and entry ways for broken or rotten wood steps. Regular maintenance on outdoor steps is important to prevent slips, trips or falls. Whenever in the kitchen, remember to always clean up spills on the floor immediately and remind your loved one to do the same. A forgotten mess on linoleum or tile floors can spell trouble for an elderly loved one.
There have been some studies that suggest that regular exercise can lower the risk of falling. While it is important to prevent falls and slips in the home, it is not helpful to make your elderly loved one feel like they have to live in a bubble. It’s important to keep living and stay active as much as possible. Staying vigilant about safety and fall prevention is a must, but try not to let the fear of falling prevent your loved one from living.
If you would like to learn more about in home care for the elderly and about the many benefits of in home dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Clearwater to speak to a senior care specialist today 727-210-1414! Senior Helpers of Clearwater provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Largo, Seminole, and St. Petersburg.