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How In-Home Care Prevents Accidents and Improves Safety in Grand Forks, ND

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How In-Home Care Prevents Accidents and Improves Safety

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As seniors continue to age, they have a greater risk for falls and other accidents. One out of every four seniors experiences a fall each year. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the leading cause of injury and death among seniors. In-home safety is one of the most important day-to-day concerns to consider for seniors.  By providing in-home care, families can feel at ease that their loved ones are safe and in good care. In-home caregivers provide important safety checks and supervision to help ensure that seniors stay safe while living in their homes. 

Risk Factors for Accidents

Several factors can increase the risk of falls in seniors, including:

Problems with balance, walking, or mobility can make seniors feel less confident on their feet. These can be due to several reasons, such as muscle atrophy from inactivity, dizziness from new medications, or lightheadedness when standing.

Vision changes. Cataracts and glaucoma are two of the most common eye conditions that affect seniors and can limit their vision.

Limited hearing. Hearing loss is also common in seniors and limits their ability to hear any potential dangers.

Obstacles around the home. Clutter and household items can be a potential tripping hazard causing dangerous falls.

How to Prevent Accidents

Making some small changes can help reduce seniors’ risk of a fall.

Communicate with health care providers. New medications can sometimes cause individuals to feel dizzy or disoriented. Seniors should talk with their physician, in-home caregiver, and family if they experience any new symptoms. A review of all their medications should be done and changes can be made accordingly.

Lack of exercise can lead to weakened muscles causing an increased risk of falls. Encourage seniors to try to get more activity with a focus on strength building and balance. Talk with their health care provider about the best options for their health.

Get an annual eye exam. Any changes in vision, glaucoma, and cataracts can be detected at an annual eye exam.

Remove tripping hazards around the home. Clear all walkways, including the stairs of any potential tripping hazards such as shoes, clothes, and bags. Throw rugs should be removed completely or secured well with double-sided tape. Rearrange furniture for more easy accessibility around the home. Make sure there is adequate lighting in rooms and walkways.

How In-Home Care Can Improve Safety

In-home care plays a vital role in the safety of seniors. At Comfort Keepers, our caregivers specialize in senior care and have the training and knowledge of things to be on the lookout for. Your loved one’s safety is a top priority to their caregiver. Since they spend a great deal of time together, they can easily recognize any changes in behavior or mobility that can put them at risk for falls. With in-home care services, our professional caregivers can help prevent accidents and improve the safety of seniors by inspecting their home to ensure it is a safe environment and will routinely check for any potential tripping hazards. Our caregivers can also assist with a variety of services tailored to meet each senior’s specific needs and assist them with daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, and dressing so that they are done safely.