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What Can You Do to Help Your Loved One Avoid Problems on Stairs?

By Vicki and Brian Day

Stairs and stairways can be a tremendous obstacle for your loved one. Avoiding a stumble or a fall is crucial and might mean that you and your loved one need to make some minor changes to help her stay safe.

Avoid Rushing Your Loved One

If your loved one is in a hurry or if she feels that the other people around her are trying to rush her, she may take more risks on the stairs. Avoid putting your loved one in that position and give her plenty of time to get ready and to go up and down the stairs. The more time that you give your loved one, the better for both of you.

Help Your Loved One Stay Alert

The more alert your loved one is, the more able she is to manage herself on the stairs. If there are variables that can change how focused your loved one is on the stairs, such as medications, then you might want to be very aware of when your loved one's focus is at its worst so that you can help her.

Give Your Loved One Plenty of Extra Tools on the Stairs

The tools that are available for your loved one to use on the stairs can help her to keep her balance. One option, for example, is to install hand rails on both sides of the staircase. This is especially helpful if the stairway is narrow enough for your loved one to use both rails. Non-slip treads and colored tape can all help your loved one to have a better experience on the stairs.

Footwear Makes a Difference

Some people don't like to wear shoes at home, but at some point this can be dangerous for your elderly loved one. Wearing shoes that fit well and that have stable soles can help your loved one to have solid footing on stairs. Continuing to have trouble convincing your loved one to wear shoes may mean that you need to experiment until you find the right shoes for her.

If stairs are a frequent problem for your elderly loved one, make sure that you let people who help her know how to help. Home care providers and other family members will have a much better chance of helping her if they know what to do.

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