As we enter the fall season, it is a good time to think about the possibility of our senior loved ones taking a fall of their own – but unfortunately not the kind that comes with changing leaves and cooler temperatures!
Of course, none of us want this because of the risk of injury, hospitalization and long term recovery. Far too often a serious fall causes a senior loved one to take on a negative outlook on their life, which can result in the fall impacting their lives beyond any physical limitations it creates.
Even if the result isn’t a serious injury, a fall is certainly still something to avoid. Any fall can have emotionally implications.
We can’t prevent them all, but there are steps we can take to cut down on the risk.
Things we can do to reduce our seniors chances of falling
- Encourage them to participate in activities that will strengthen their muscles and improve their balance.
- Get their eyes checked and be sure they wear glasses if they need them!
- Remove any clutter in their path throughout the house and especially in their bedroom.
- Keep a nightlight in their path where they may walk in the dark.
- Be careful to keep the floors dry and wipe up any spills as soon as possible.
- Install handrails at all stairways and entry points.
- Install grab bars in the bathroom at the shower and the toilet.
- Give your senior a glass of water-stay hydrated!
These are just a few of the many things you can do to protect your senior from falls.
You can learn even more tips with our Home Seniorization Checklist available by downloading it here (you can right-click to save the file if you wish).