One out of three seniors will fall this year, but fewer than half of them will talk with their doctors about it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trips and falls can be a scary thought for anyone, but for the elderly it can mean the difference between staying in the comfort of their own home and being moved into a care home to be looked after full time.
For this reason we think it is very important to take all of the necessary precautions to stop a trip or fall happening. From quick and easy fixes to things that might take more planning and time we have compiled a list of things to do to prevent trips slips and falls from happening at home.
Make sure you have the correct safety equipment to help you get around your home. Install hand rails on the stairs and in hallways to make sure you always have something to support you when moving around. Make sure these are sturdy and installed correctly by professional.
The easiest and simplest way to remove the risk of tripping or falling is removing all the things that you might trip or slip on. Have a declutter of anything on the floor, around doorways and walkways to make it safer.
We understand that you like to be comfortable when replacing at home but sometimes clothing that is too loosely fitted can be an extra tripping hazard for you to have to avoid. Ensure that none of your clothing drags on the floor or gets caught up under your feet when you are walking.
Assess every room in the house looking out especially for loose carpets or rugs, wires across the floor, wonky floor boards or items of furniture that stick out. Make sure every room is as safe and hazard free as it can be!
Wearing just socks can be a massive slipping risk, they have no grip on them at all and can be very dangerous on tiles or wooden floors. When you are moving around the house make sure you are wearing shoes with grip. If you do not like to wear shoes in the home you can also get socks or slippers with grip on the bottom.
Darkness and shadows can cause accidents as you cannot see where you are walking properly. Make sure there is adequate lighting in every room and hallway. Lamps and daylight can help towards this also.
If the hand rails are not proving as helpful as they used to and you have tried and tested a stair lift it might be time to start living on one level. You can easily make the downstairs of a home a living and sleeping area so you will still have your privacy as well as moving the biggest hazard in the home which is the stairs.
Showers, bathtubs and slippery floors can cause a massive danger when wet or damp. Make sure you have non slip mats on every surface that might provide a hazard.
If you or your loved one are finding that you are tripping or falling more often or having near misses please make sure you speak to someone and get the help you need to make your home safer. A bad fall can sometimes lead to a stay in hospital or a permanent injury for an older person so it is worth spending the time and effort to avoid them. Get in touch with Lease of Life Home Care today to see how we can help trip proof your home on 01707 246552.