When an elderly person experiences a slip and fall accident, it can cause a lot more harm to their body than if it happened to a younger adult. Seniors are more likely to suffer from broken bones, concussions and other problems when they fall because of more brittle bones, weaker muscles and poor balance. Family caregivers must understand the increased risk that seniors face so they can take preventative measures to help their loved ones avoid a dangerous slip and fall accident.
Although there are many things that family caregivers and home care providers can do to prevent falls, here are five of the most impactful:
1. Make Everyone Aware of the Risks
Too many people have a false level of confidence in their abilities to keep their footing, even around the house. The facts are that more elderly people slip and fall in the kitchen and bathroom than anywhere else. Family caregivers, home care providers and the seniors themselves should look critically at the home and yard to identify the areas and activities that may lead to the most risk.
2. Use Walking Aides Properly
While walkers and canes are designed to help seniors stay upright, they can also become tripping obstacles themselves when not used properly. Seniors should get input form physical therapists on how to walk with a cane or walker, and family caregivers and home care providers should point out times when the aging adult is not doing it right.
3. Keep Everything Light and Bright
Often, poor lighting and bad vision are as much to blame for slip and fall accidents as anything else. Family caregivers should ensure that all light bulbs are working in every room, especially hallways, bathrooms and kitchens. Home care providers can turn on lamps and open windows for more light if needed throughout the day or night. Of course, keeping up on eye care and having the right corrective eyewear is important, too.
4. Strong and Healthy Body
Seniors that don’t’ have strong muscles and lack good balance are much more likely to slip and fall. A healthy body is important for preventing all kinds of health issues in old age. This means that home care providers should focus on nutritious meals and plenty of exercise with the elderly adult. Family caregivers should take their relative to regular doctor and dentist exams. The healthier the senior is, the less likely they will slip and injure themselves.
5. Put Rails Up and Keep Clutter Down
The environment is a big contributor to slip and fall accidents. The healthiest senior can fall on floor clutter, cords, slippery tile and on uneven ground. Family caregivers must take great care to make changes to the environment of the home. Examples include moving furniture that protrudes, removing throw rugs, putting up hand rails near the toilet and along stairs, and more.
It’s extremely easy for elderly adults to get injured from a slip and fall accident. However, with active involvement from family caregivers, home care providers and the seniors themselves, they can greatly reduce the risk of it happening.
IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE SERVICES IN GARDEN CITY, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.
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