Falls are the leading cause of injury death among individuals over 65 years of age, according to the CDC.
Let Assisting Hands Help Prevent In-Home Falls
Illnesses, medications and environmental factors can all affect strength and balance contributing to a fall. If someone you love has fallen once, there is data to suggest that 75% of those who fall, do so again within 6 months. Beginning at the age of 63, the number of deaths from falls starts to increase with dramatic increases at the age of 70.
But shouldn’t we expect seniors to fall as they age due to balance and strength conditions? In fact, falls are not a normal part of the aging process. They can be prevented.
Take some practical steps such as:
- Wear shoes with nonskid soles (not house slippers or sandals. The spring and summer rain here in Pearland means lots of slippery weather).
- Be sure your home is well lit in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and stairways so that you can see things you might trip over and use night lights in your bedroom, bathroom, hallways and stairways.
- Remove throw rugs and tack down loose carpet edges.
- Keep your floor clear, and remove electrical cords across pathways.
- Install grab bars in your bathtub, shower and toilet area.
- Install handrails on both sides of stairways.
- Don’t climb on stools and stepladders. Get someone else to help with jobs that call for climbing, such as a caregiver.
- Keep your floor clean of liquids and don’t wax your floors.