Keeping In Touch Solutions
Sharing is Caring!
caregiver support for aging parents

Remove Falling Hazards for Your Loved One

As we are well aware, falls can result in serious injuries such as hip fractures and brain injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, nearly 40% of seniors who live independently will take a fall each year.

Because we know that means hundreds of senior citizens fall each year, those of us with aging loved ones pay special attention to potential risks in their homes. Here are some stay-safe ways to greatly reduce the possibility of your elderly loved one falling inside the home:

  •  Make sure eye glasses are the correct prescription strength. Bifocals can sometimes result in seniors feeling dizzy and unsure of their steps.
  • Remove any loose throw rugs. All rugs in the home should be non-skid.
  • Place a non-skid mat in the bath tub and rails near the tub as well as the toilet so your loved one can pull herself up easily and have a place to rest.
  • Remove any loose electrical cords from the floor.
  • Add bright lights in each room to avoid poor lighting and shadows on the floor.
  • In the kitchen, place frequently used pots, pans and utensils in easy-to-reach areas so your loved one can avoid reaching on tip toe or climbing up on step stools.
  • Place a night light in the hallway and bathroom for easy access in the evening.
  • Place a reading light close to your loved one’s bed so they can easily reach to switch off the light rather than get out of bed.
  • Purchase magazine racks to avoid your loved one developing a habit of stacking magazines, books and newspapers beside their favorite chair.

Hazards can also exist right outside the front or back door. Besides making sure handrails are installed and sturdy, check entry ways and porches for warped wood, carpet pulling away from the wall or loose bricks.

During the winter, place easy-to-carry plastic buckets of cement salt at both entrances of the home so your loved one can avoid falling on black ice or snowy steps.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.

diana beam

I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.

For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.

 

 

Let Keeping In Touch Solutions help you!

>