Here are some practical ideas on preventing falls at home.
Falls can lead to serious injuries that will require hospital stay, loss of independence, rehab, etc. Unsafe environment is a major risk factor for the elderly living at home. Falls can be prevented by decreasing the risks and putting in place a comprehensive safety plan. Risk factors such as: throw rugs, long electrical cords, tubing, glare, spills, uneven floor. Clutter, inadequate lighting and some medications can be reduced.
The following steps will help you keep a safe home environment
- be active (do range of motion at least daily)
- remove clutter, throw rugs
- avoid stairs if possible when walking alone
- rise slowly from a sitting position
- always wear footwear when walking (avoid slippers)
- use walker, cane as prescribed for balance
- remember to wear eyeglasses as prescribed
- apply raised toilet seat, hand rails, non- slip mat in tub and shower room
- assess home daily for safety hazard
- have emergency phone numbers accessible at all times
We hope these tips will help you and your loved ones stay safe at home.