Care Services Provided by Comfort Keepers Helps Prevent Falls in North Augusta, SC, Aiken, SC, Augusta GA, Evans, GA and the Surrounding Areas
Comfort Keepers provides care services to seniors in North Augusta, SC, and the surrounding areas and reduces the risk of a fall in the home
Why Is Fall Risk Prevention So Important?
Reducing the risk of a fall in the home is a very important step for seniors that live in their own home. When we think of things in the home that can cause a fall we tend to think about the obvious obstacles, like stairs and getting in and out of the shower or bath. Most of us do not consider how dangerous small obstacles can be. A small fall just from standing up too quickly can cause just as much damage as a more dramatic fall. Our care services take this into consideration which is why we implement a fall prevention plan to improve safety in the home and reduce the risk of a fall.
It can be difficult to identify all the obstacles around the home that can cause a fall. For instance, a floor that changes levels, even by only a single step or an uneven surface, can cause a fall. Even area rugs can pose a risk. For every client, we complete a personalized and comprehensive home assessment that includes a check for features in the home that could cause a fall. By utilizing the care services provided by Comfort Keepers, it's possible to take the proper precautions to prevent an accident before it happens.
Fall Risks and Injuries
Properly understanding fall risk comes down to looking at life from the perspective of a senior. Seniors are more likely to suffer injury from a fall due to age-related physical conditions.
Broken bones are more likely for seniors, and those injuries may take more time than usual to heal or require surgery. A senior with limited mobility may have reduced strength and not be able to brace for the fall, resulting in further injury. We take all of these factors into consideration when creating a fall risk prevention and personal care services plan for your loved one.
Bathroom Safety for Seniors
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house to evaluate fall risk. Fall risks and senior bathroom safety to consider:
- Water on the floor poses a large risk for slipping.
- Stepping in and out of a tub can become challenging with age.
- As an alternative to the bathtub, a shower safety seat and shower bar may be critical.
- Sitting and standing up from the toilet without a handrail may be difficult.
- Curling irons, shaving razors, and other electronic devices near the sink may pose a risk for injury.