Being a caregiver for an elderly parent or another loved one can be a challenging experience. Because seniors are more prone to losing their balance, slipping, or tripping and it is essential to try and prevent falls around the home. Many falls at home are preventable if the proper measures are taken to ensure safety in the home for seniors.
What can you do to minimize the risk of a senior falling or stumbling in the home? Here are our 5 top tips.
1. Move Obstacles
First and foremost, it is important to identify and remove objects that could cause someone to stumble on. These could be loose floor coverings, furniture on wheels, cables, and other items around the home that may not be easily noticed.
2. Grip Bars to Prevent Falling
Installing grip bars can help a senior be more stable getting in and out of the bath or bed or assist in using the bathroom safely. If the elderly person has to go up and down stairs, make sure the rails are securely fixed to the wall.
3. Change Floor Coverings
Laminate or parquet floors may look beautiful in a home, but the shiny, smooth surface can be a slipping hazard for someone who is not stable on their feet. Also, if you have rugs or mats on wooden floors, these can slide easily. Having soft floor coverings has the advantage that, in case a person does fall, falling onto something soft causes less injury than on a wooden or tiled floor.
It bathrooms, where it's not practical to have a carpet, make sure that any tiled floors, baths, and shower areas have non-slip pads on the floor.
4. Mobility Aids for Stability
Using mobility aids like assistive canes and walkers can assist a person to be more stable when they are on the move. Just the fact that the person has a stick can make them more confident on their feet and fall less.
Other mobility aids can help a person get in and out of bed or into a car easier. Some mobility aids, like stair lifts and ramps, can be a great asset to prevent a senior from tripping on the stairs.
5. Be Careful of Pets and Children
Pets and children can cause trip hazards if there are running around elderly people. So, if small children are visiting or there are pets in the home, take extra care to make sure that they don't get under the feet of a senior when they are walking.
By following these top 5 tips to prevent a fall at home, you can take some of the worries out of the challenge of caregiving and give the best possible home care to an elderly person.