Although the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that less than half of the seniors who fall tell their physician, 1 out of every 5 falls results in a serious bone or head injury. It is important to proof your elderly relative or loved one’s home to make sure that it is as safe as possible for seniors.
1. Make sure lighting is adequate
Without sufficient lighting in your rooms, the risk of tripping over something at night increases. Adding an additional lamp or light fixture to each room, entrance and walkway to guarantee they are well lit can go a long way in preventing falls.
2. Secure loose rugs
Rugs can slip very easily on hardwood floors. Make sure these rugs are secured (non-skid tape works fine), as they can be a major hazard to seniors in your home.
3. Clean spills immediately
A forgotten spill in the kitchen or bathroom can lead to serious injury risk. Make sure floors in these rooms are dry and safe.
4. Furniture arrangement
Furniture should allow for easy paths in, out, and through rooms. Keep in mind extension cords and small loose furniture should be hidden or blocked.
5. Keep rooms clean and clutter free
Your rooms should be neat and organized, not full of clutter that blocks your walkways. Make it a point to keep spaces tidy on a daily basis, and schedule time for a deep clean at least once a week.
Make sure all stairwells have railings, as many falls tend to occur going up or down the stars. Railings and handles can also be placed in the bathroom or kitchen, as they tend to be amongst the most hazardous rooms in the house.
7. Step stools
Step stools are an easy way to reduce the need to use countertops or other unsafe methods to grab hard to reach items. Having a step stool in every level of your home can play a huge role in keeping your loved ones safe.
Here at Tysons Woods we understand the challenges caregivers face with seniors in their home. Our family centric community is designed to keep your loved ones safe and comfortable. Call us today to learn more!