Advice for the elderly on fall prevention cont.

May, 2013

Welcome back. Yesterday we started looking at top 5 tips to reduce trips and falls within the home. Those providing medical care for the elderly, or even those providing elderly care help for a friend or relative, will be all too aware how common falls in later life can be.

By following our simple steps we hope to create a safer and trip free home for your loved one. Today we pick up where we left off and jump straight into:

4) Light it up – Keep your home brightly lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see.

  • Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways.

  • Place a lamp within reach of your bed for middle-of-the-night needs.

  • Make clear paths to light switches that aren’t near room entrances. Consider trading traditional switches for glow-in-the-dark or illuminated switches.

  • Turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.

  • Store flashlights in easy-to-find places in case of power outages

5) Assistive devices – Following step one, their doctor might recommend using a cane or walker to keep them steady. Other assistive devices can help, too. For example:

  • Hand rails for both sides of stairways

  • Nonslip treads for bare-wood steps

  • A raised toilet seat or one with armrests

  • Grab bars for the shower or tub

  • A sturdy plastic seat for the shower or tub — plus a hand-held shower nozzle for bathing while sitting down

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