According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls are responsible for 50% of all accidental deaths in the home. The statistics go on to show that one out of three people older than 65 will experience a fall in a year, with half of those seniors being repeat on falling. For this reason, it is wise to enlist the services of an elderly home safety assessment company for you or your senior loved one.
Here are some frequently asked questions about slips and falls:
What can I do in the home to prevent slips and falls?
Commonly used items should be placed in easy-to-reach areas. Make sure that ladders, if needed, are stable. During the dark, nightlights can be used to ensure safe passage. Further, rugs are a common cause of slips and falls. Aside from eliminating them, you can use non-slip backing on rugs to make sure that rugs stay put. Clutter around the home – such as magazines, receipts, and other things on the floor – can cause slips as well. As such, remove clutter or store the items properly. In addition, it is advisable to hide wires and cords since they may cause trips and falls, as well.
In the bathroom
To significantly reduce risk from slips and falls, consider treating surfaces to make them less slippery. More so, installing grab bars in the shower and tub areas decreases the likelihood of falling when bathing.
Can being physically healthy decrease the risk of falls?
Yes. Exercises such as standing on one foot, back leg raises, walking heel to toe, and side leg raises can improve balance. In addition, strength exercises can also help. It is also recommended seeing your healthcare provider frequently. Some medications, especially those that lower blood pressure, may need to be adjusted. A low blood pressure may cause dizziness that may lead to falls. Diagnostic tests to assess vision and hearing are important as well.
Since fall incidents go up as one gets older, it is best to take measures to prevent them, in the first place. A single accident can change everything. Thus, the saying that prevention is always better than cure is one that you should take to heart.