A recent report by the Center for Disease Control reveals that every year, over 2.5 million older adults receive treatment in the emergency room for injuries sustained through falling. Every year, one out of three older adults-aged 65 and above-fall. Most of the hospice care given to the elderly in the U.S is done at home because this setting allows the family members of the patient to provide around-the-clock care, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While home care is convenient, comfortable, and more appealing, it is characterized by many safety issues that may jeopardize the well-being of the patient. Below are ways to mitigate on these issues and prevent fatal falls.
Ensure all area rugs are firmly taped onto the floor. Failure to secure rugs properly on the floor can cause their corners to roll up, increasing the chances of and elderly tripping and falling.
Closely linked to the floor is clutter, which is very easy to accumulate because of the many activities that characterize our daily lives. There’s, however, a lot of danger in allowing clothes, newspapers, book, shoes, containers, and other types of clutter to remain on the floor as they elevate the risk of elderlies tripping and falling.
If your house has a stairwell and long hallways, it is imperative that they are well lit because most elderly people make frequent visits to the restroom at night. Taking into account the possibility of poor vision, all the paths leading to and from the bedroom and restroom should be lit adequately to reduce the risk of missing a step of crashing against a wall.
Store away sharp knives and utensils in secured drawers. It is very easy for one to trip and land on a sharp edge or even brush against one accidentally. To prevent the senior from constantly climbing on a stool or a chair, store frequently used items and utensils in reachable drawers and cabinets.
Another way to prevent falls and related injuries is cleaning spills immediately they happen. Water, oil, grease, or even peels from fruits and other consumables have the potential to cause fatal falls.
The bathroom is a high-risk area even when being used by an ordinary person, and this means that special measures should be taken to ensure the safety of elderlies. Adding non-slip mats in the bathroom can prevent falls from slipping on the watery floor.
Installing safety supports such as grab bars in the bathroom (in the shower and near the toilet) can help unsteady elderlies who may experience challenges when sitting down or standing up.
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