Comfort Keepers Long Term Care Services Focuses on Fall Prevention in Lakeland, FL and All of Polk County
Learn more about how our long term care services help with helping your loved one home safer in Lakeland, FL and all of Polk County
Falls are one of the most common injuries in seniors, and they can be life-altering. Fall prevention is crucial when developing a long term care services plan. We want seniors to be safe while living in their homes. Comfort Keepers' long term care services can help your family develop a fall prevention plan that improves home safety while reducing injury risks.
Home Safety Assessment
Falls can happen in the least expected of places, and it can be difficult for families to identify all areas of the home that may be a fall hazard. Uneven flooring, even when subtle, can cause a fall. Throw rugs and clutter in the hallway can also increase the risk of a fall.
Our long term care services perform a comprehensive home safety assessment to identify areas in the home that may cause a fall. We can work together to create a fall risk care plan that works for your loved one’s home.
The bathroom is one of the most dangerous rooms in the home for a senior. There are many factors that need to be considered when evaluating bathroom fall risks.
- Limited mobility may make it difficult to get in and out of a bathtub
- Humidity and water from the bath/shower can make the floors slippery
- Sitting and standing from the toilet can be difficult
- Personal care items, like razors and electronic devices, may pose a risk for injury
It is crucial for families to have a plan that tackles bathroom safety issues.
The Dangers of Falls and Injuries
To truly understand the dangers of falling, you need to put yourself in a senior’s shoes. As we age, our physical condition begins to deteriorate. We lose strength and muscle mass. Our balance and coordination begin to suffer as a result.
Seniors with impaired mobility may not be able to brace for a fall, which can cause further injury. For many seniors, falls lead to broken bones. These injuries may take a long time to heal, or they may require surgery. Because falls can cause significant injuries, a home safety assessment is crucial. We consider it an important part of our long term care services.