Most Falls in the Elderly Happen in the Home
While some older people suffer falls and fractures in public buildings or outdoors, the majority of falls actually happen in the home. Older people who live alone are particularly susceptible. There are many factors that come into play when evaluating fall risk. Some of these issues relate directly to the home environment, itself.
To prevent falls in the home:
- Ensure adequate lighting and light switches within reach
- Do not allow electrical cords to drape or span walking spaces
- Install railings and grab bars in bathrooms, showers and on stairways
- Do not place area rugs on the floor
- Use rubber mats in the shower or tub
- Consider installing raised toilet seats
- Use furniture that is easy to get into and out of
- Keep all walkways clear and free of clutter
The outside of the property should be well maintained and lit. Steps should be checked for stability and snow and ice removed promptly and thoroughly in the winter. Handrails are helpful for going up and down the stairs, as well.
The nurses at Partners in Healthcare are available to talk with you about your in-home senior care needs including how to stay healthy at home with RN managed affordable care. We are a personal home care agency that provides elder home care serves in the Orlando area, call us at 407-788-9393.