Comfort Keepers Elderly Care Can Reduce Your Senior's Risk of Falling in Charlotte, NC
Our elderly care can determine fall risks and make minor modifications to keep seniors safe at home in Charlotte, NC
At-home accidents like a trip or fall might seem like a normal part of life, but for seniors, these hazards can have lasting negative health outcomes. It can be easy to overlook dangers already present in the home and in your aging loved one’s everyday activities; elderly care can provide the expertise and the experience needed to identify hazards and make modifications that can help keep seniors safe, healthy, and comfortable at home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that each year, 3 million people age 65 and up are treated for falls and fall-related injuries in emergency rooms. One out of five falls results in a severe injury, affecting the head, spine, or other areas that can require extensive care and have a lasting impact on overall health.
There are many proactive ways that our elderly care providers can consult with you and your family on to make sure that your aging loved one can be secure at home. If you’re worried about an elder family member’s mobility, safety, or environment, try these action steps.
Safer floors and safer walking
The first step to safer mobility is to make walking around the home safer and that where elderly care agencies can assist. Secure area rugs and carpets to the floor. Get rid of any high-pile carpets or other rugs that may cause slipping or falling. Rug anchors or non-slip rug pads can be used under area rugs and throw rugs. These make the rug less likely to shift underfoot. As a general rule, every rug or carpet should require some effort to move or adjust. Test any rug in your loved one’s home, and especially the rugs in any commonly-used areas.
A floorplan that makes mobility easier
The way a home is laid out can also increase an elderly person’s mobility. Caregivers from in home care agencies can help you take a fresh look at the floorplan of your loved one’s home. Arrange furniture so that hallways, doorways, spaces between pieces of furniture, and any commonly used paths are as wide as possible. Also, be sure to make necessities easy to access. Think about food on high shelves, clothing in closets, dishes in upper cabinets, and anything else that could be reorganized in a space that is easier to reach. The less strain your loved one has to use to get to these commonly used items, the more likely it is that they’ll be safe in moving around their home.
Securing hazardous and challenging spaces
Bathrooms and stairwells are common sites for tripping and falling. Knowing this, take extra precautions in these areas of your loved one’s home. Make sure all railings are secure. Every set of stairs should have a handrail or guardrail, and you should check to make sure it is steady and can hold weight. Apply non-slip adhesive strips to the stairs. Anti-slip treads or tape can be found at most home improvement stores, and are meant to be applied to the middle of each step in the stairwell. Install grab bars in the bathroom. Having one in the shower or bathtub is particularly important. Grab bars should also be available near the toilet, and any part of the bathroom where your loved one needs to turn or move around in order to use the space.
If you’re concerned about an aging loved one who lives alone, in home care agencies can provide the knowledge and know-how to help keep them safer and healthier for longer. Contact our Charlotte agency today at (704) 980-7620 to learn more about our local elderly care services.