Catalina Foothills, AZ – Home Care Strategies for Preventing Falls
The leading cause of injuries among older adults is falling. Adults who are planning to stay in their homes will benefit from developing a fall-prevention plan and employing simple strategies that can greatly reduce the risk of an injury. An experienced caregiver can be invaluable when assessing a person’s home for current hazards and determining what changes need to be made to make the home safer.
When proofing a home, consider the following:
- Check entries, exits, stairways, and hallways.
- Make sure walkways are clear of cords, furniture, boxes, or clutter.
- Familiarize yourself with call current medications and their side effects some medicines may increase the risk of falling and should only be taken at certain times. It can be very helpful to consult your pharmacist or physician with questions about medicines that may increase fall risks. Physicians may also offer insights if you share your fall-prevention plan.
- Secure or remove any loose rugs in the home. Removing rugs is the only sure proof way to avoid tripping over them, but slip-resistant backing, tacks, or double-faced tape can be effective tools for securing rugs.
- Use nonslip mats and grab bars whenever possible in showers or bath tubs.
- Check for any loose flooring boards or carpeting with lifted edges.
- Keep all necessities within reach. Clothing, toiletries, food or dishes should be accessible with little effort and always kept at an easy to reach height.
- When at all possible, encourage seniors to avoid strenuous seasonal work at the home. Many falls can occur during winter weather as seniors attempt to clear their own walkways or steps. If your area is prone to increment winter weather set up a plan ahead for a caregiver or service to clear any paths.
- If stairs are becoming an issue, seniors may want to consider a stair lift device. These devices are the key for many seniors to being able to stay in their own homes. They provide a safe and easy way to access all areas of one’s home while also reducing the risk of a dangerous fall down steps.
Some simple home repairs can help avoid unnecessary falls. Accidents can never be predicted, but if care providers work with the family to create a fall prevention plan, the chances of seniors falling at home can be greatly reduced.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services, please contact our caring staff at Total Care Connections (520) 447-4711. We provide quality Home Care & Assisted Living Placement in Tucson, Green Valley, Oro Valley, and surrounding areas!