Updated: Jul 12
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every second of every day an older adult falls. Every 20 minutes an elderly loved one passes away from a fall. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury.
Most falls are caused by a combination of things. The more risk factors, the greater the chances of falling. Many of the highest risk factors are typically in the home and 60% of falls happen inside the home. Places to look for risk factors in the home:
Climbing in and out of a bathtub presents a real danger to many loving aged ones. Consider converting the tub to a safe walk-in shower or walk-in tub. Install grab bars by the toilet and in the shower. Make sure that all the rugs are slide proof. Use double sided carpet tape to help keep throw rugs in place.
Flooring is one of the top things to look at when making your aging loved one’s home safe. You need to make sure that the flooring is easy to walk on with canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. You will need to make sure that the flooring is both slip resistant and water resistant. Reduce or eliminate transitions (saddles, thresholds, one surface to another).
Many homes are more than one level. As we age, stairs become harder and harder to use. Make sure there are sturdy handles on both sides. Install motion sensor lights on the stairway. Make sure steps are sturdy, and even. Consider installing a stair lift or elevator.
Here at Seniors Home Services, we provide all the services you need to keep your loved ones safe in their own environment. From easy-to-use motion sensors to home modifications. Keeping your loved one as independent as possible for as long as possible means so much to our aging family member’s mental health, and saves on cost over time. Yes, we will even help you with ways to cover the cost and keep pricing under control.
Click here to tell us a little about your loved one’s needs and your concerns. We will match you with a consultant who will be able to be your go to person to helping your aging loved one stay safe in their environment.