Falls in the elderly are common occurrences; many of which can been prevented to reduce the development of other complications. These falls can result in bone fractures, bone dislocation, sprains, bruises, head injuries, abrasions, and sadly, even loss of life. If your loved one is at an increased risk for falls, no worries! We want to help. We have lined up for you six (6) easy ways to help you prevent falls at home, but before we jump into things, let’s look at some of the reasons falls occur in the homes:
Now that we have identified some of the primary causes of falls in the home, it’s time to explore some tips to put in place to make your home safe for the elderly. Are you ready? Let's dive right into it.
There are many conditions that senior citizens experience that increases their risk for falls. It is therefore essential that you keep their doctor’s appointments to track their health status. Why? you may ask. If any illness affects their balance, the doctor will perform an assessment and give you instructions about the appropriate measures to take going forward. If your loved one has an unsteady gait, your doctor will recommend supervision with ambulation.
As seniors age, they tend to lose strength which increases their risk of falling. Grab bars and handrails are great tools to promote safety in the home, especially in the ser where seniors are at greater risk of slipping and falling. Also, they may have challenges in performing actions such as getting up or sitting down on the toilet seat. Thehowse rails and bars help to promote independence as seniors will have some amount of autonomy.
When you install grab rails and handrails in your homes, it is definitely a plus where the safety of seniors is concerned.
The eyes are the windows of the soul they say, and one may add that they clear the path for the feet. If your loved one wears test glasses, ensure that the prescription is up to date and that they are wearing them correctly. Expired glasses can put a strain on the eyes and reduce the ability of the eyes to focus on objects. Also, wearing transitioning lenses can pose an issue as it gets darker when moving from the sun to inside a building. Speak to your Ophthalmologist or Optician about the wearing of transitional lenses. They will be better able to advise you on the way forward.
Sometimes, it is best to call in the expert instead of trying to troubleshoot our own issues. You may miss a few essential things or measures at home that a safety expert would have seen in a second. You can get an occupational safety worker to help you develop strategies to determine appropriate interventions regarding the safety of seniors. They will assess your home for hazards, risks, potential dangers and develop an action plan to take safety measures for seniors up a notch.
Walkers and assistive mobility devices have proven to minimize the risk of falls in seniors significantly. They assist with controlling movement and coordination while promoting independence in seniors. We know our seniors love their independence; there is no going around it. We at Solax want to help to keep them happy and safe. We have a wide variety of assistive devices and walkers, such as power wheelchair and foldable scooters specially designed to promote safety, comfort, and independence at the highest level. We advise you to consult with your doctor about the type of mobility device you need before paying us a visit. Hop on over to our website and shoot us a message, and we will find the mobility device you need for your loved ones.
Know How to Use the Mobility Device
If your loved one is injured or is recovering from an injury, a mobility device can go a long way. It can help them to live as independently as possible and lower the risk of falling. Therefore, caregivers must make sure that they use mobility devices correctly to promote added safety for seniors. Here are some tips to promote safety while seniors use mobility devices indoors and outdoors.
Read the manual: This helps to give a better understanding of how to use the mobility device.
Go slow: You can advise your loved one to start at a slow pace then, as time goes by, they can increase their speed. They will eventually become more familiar with operating their mobility device.
Stay focused: Seniors should avoid using their phones or tablets when using a mobility device to prevent accidents and injuries.
Be mindful of terrains: Many modern mobility devices are designed to be used on smooth and rough terrains. However, they still have to approach places with caution.
Never attempt to get out of a mobility device that is moving: Ensure that the power button is off if it is an automated device. Also, make sure that the device stops moving before they attempt to get up or sit.
Ensure that seniors are familiar with the areas that they are traveling to: Being familiar with the mobility device allows seniors to have an idea of the speed at which they can travel, the traffic flow, hazards to be on the lookout for, as well as the route they are traveling to see if their device can go through certain areas.
Avoid moving through tight spaces: This increases the risk for accidents and must be avoided at all costs. Rather, help seniors to find an alternative route that can easily accommodate the mobility device.
Upholding safety in the home for seniors doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. Implementing the right equipment and using the correct assistive mobility devices will help a long way in ensuring safety. Feel free to ask for professional help if you don't know where to start.
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