Help prevent senior falls with four simple home modifications
Whether you are looking to modify your home for when an aging loved one comes to visit or plan to make permanent changes to your home, it is important to consider your senior loved one’s safety.
Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries, such as head traumas, hip fractures, brain injuries, and bone fractures. But these simple tips can help make your home “fall proof” and can aid in preventing senior falls.
1. Non-slip strips
A key step toward senior fall prevention is a simple one: you can install non-slip strips or place a rubber mat on the floor of your bathtub or shower. Make sure the strips and mat are secured before your loved one visits.
2. Proper lighting
The risk for senior falls can be greatly reduced by simply adding light. Make sure you have enough lighting in each room, in hallways, at the entrances of rooms, and near any outdoor walkways. Proper lighting on stairways is also important. Make sure lighting is always within reach, and place light switches at both the top and bottom of the stairs.
3. Handrails and grab bars
As stairs tend to be one of the biggest risks for senior falls, make sure you have appropriate handrails installed. It may help to have handrails on both sides of the stairs and walkways for your senior loved one. When modifying the bathroom to prevent senior falls, place grab bars in the bathtub or shower and next to the toilet. These adjustments can keep anyone using the bathroom from slipping. After the bars are installed, make sure they are safely and securely attached to the wall.
4. Clean up
Clutter, messes, or cords can also cause falls. Remove or put away anything that could cause a slip, trip, or fall. That may include shoes, the dog bowl, or small pieces of furniture like a footstool. Another item known for causing falls is a loose rug. Make sure the rugs in your home do not move when walked on and lay flat.
In addition to making your living space safe, it is also recommended to speak to your loved one’s doctor about creating a fall prevention plan. Healthcare providers can assess a home’s safety and advise you about making certain changes to prevent senior falls.
Holiday Retirement communities nationwide are designed for seniors’ safety and conducive to fall prevention. Every apartment includes safety railings in bedrooms and hallways, and is equipped with 24/7 emergency response services.
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