When an elderly person moves into the home, or suddenly develops a greater fall risk, taking the time to implement a plan of action is vital for reducing the risk of falls and preventing injuries. Individuals that are new to this process may be a bit clueless as to where to begin other than looking into a lift. These simple and easy tips can help reduce the risk of falls in every home.
Walkers; this can help elderly individuals walk easier, but they can also pose a risk for falling if they get caught on rugs or carpet. To prevent this, investing on a pre-cut tennis balls and cut holes in them. Then, put the legs of the walker into the tennis balls. The balls will allow the walker to move easily over rugs, carpet and other possible fall hazards.
Stair Lift Installation; it remain a problem for individuals that are more likely to fall, particularly curved staircases. The installation of a stair lift will allow an elderly individual to easily navigate around turns. Instead of being stuck on the bottom level of the home and isolated, they will be able to enjoy the upstairs as much as the rest of the family without having to climb a stair. Stair lift installations are often better left to the professionals,
Home Hazards; every house can be full of fall hazards. Make sure that electrical cords are tucked safely away, and remove small pieces of furniture, such as decorative tables, from close to walk ways. These can be difficult to navigate around, and can make
Individuals more likely to falls in the shower are relatively common. Taking the time to look into the installation of bars to hold onto and the installation of a couple of non-slip mats can easily help prevent falls in the shower. Shower chairs can also be used. Many people appreciate that these can be put into the shower when in use and then removed when not in use, unlike a stair lift installation, which are harder to remove and will remain in place as long as they are needed.
Raised Toilet Seats
Bathrooms in general seem to pose a greater risk for falls. When individuals use the bathroom, they may become off balance when attempting to get off of the toilet seat and fall. A raised toilet seat can make this easier.