Assisting Hands Home Care can help make your senior loved one’s home a safer place with our fall prevention services in Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Yorkville IL and the surrounding areas in Will and Kendall counties. Our caregivers can help with transfers and walking and keep the home clear of obstacles and trip hazards to help your loved ones move safely around their home.
The leading cause of injuries and injury related deaths in those 65 and older is falling. Senior citizens are susceptible to falls due to several factors including loss of strength and balance caused by aging, illnesses, and medication. If you or a senior loved one has fallen once, statistics show that there is a good chance that a fall will happen again within the next 6 months. While it may seem inevitable that seniors are more likely to fall as they age due to these factors, it is possible to prevent falls and the serious injuries they cause.
At Assisting Hands Home Care, we can help seniors in Plainfield, IL prevent falls with our fall prevention care. Our caregivers will help with transferring and walking and create a safer environment within the home to reduce the risk of falls. Falls are preventable with the right care and precautions and our trained and licensed caregivers understand how to make your loved one’s home a safer place.
Talk to a Doctor
If you or a loved one is in danger of falling or has already fallen, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe medications that alleviate certain symptoms that may lead to falls like dizziness, and they can also make sure that the side effects of your current medications are not putting you in danger of falling.
You must follow the instructions from our doctor for taking your medications and let your doctor know if a medication you take is causing you to feel dizzy or weak. You should never stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor first.
Clean the Home
The best way to reduce the risk of falling in your home or the home of a senior loved one is to keep the home clean and clear. Clutter within a home can obstruct walkways and increase the risk of tripping and falling. You also have to watch out for other less obvious trip hazards like rugs, extension cords, and anything else that can get in the way.
The following tips will help you reduce the risk of falling in the home:
- Keep the home well-lit especially in hallways and stairways and use nightlights to keep these paths lit at night
- Always wear non-skid shoes in the home
- Remove rugs from the home and repair loose carpeting
- Install handrails on both sides for every stairway
- Install grab bars in the bathroom near the shower and toilet
- Clean up all spills immediately to prevent slips
- Do not climb on stepladders, stools, or chairs to reach something, instead ask for help
In-Home Care for Fall Prevention
The thought of a senior loved one falling in their home is terrifying, especially if there is no one there to help. If you or your loved ones have a fear of falling at home, professional home care may be a good option. Our caregivers at Assisting Hands Home Care are trained and licensed to provide effective home care services and we can help keep you or your loved ones safe from falling.
You can expect our caregivers to do the following to reduce the risk of falls in the home:
- Provide assistance with transferring from the bed, recliner, or wheelchair and help your loved ones move throughout the home
- Clean the home and remove trip hazards
- Medication reminders to ensure the proper medications are taken at the right time
Free In-Home Consultation
If the risk of falling has caused a concern, then calling Assisting Hands Home Care for in-home care services may be your best option. We will come to your home for a free consultation to determine your care needs and evaluate your home for possible tripping hazards. Give us a call at (815) 281-5276 to learn more about our fall prevention care in Plainfield, IL and the surrounding areas in Will and Kendall counties.