Are you caring for an elderly loved one? Now that your loved one is getting older, you’ll want to ensure that their home or apartment is fall-proof. The last thing you want is for your loved one to fall and end up where they don’t want to be- a hospital or nursing home. Take these simple steps to ensure a safe environment.
- Watch for mobility issues. Is your loved one unsteady on their feet? You might want to schedule a visit with the doctor and discuss assistive devices such as canes or walkers.
- Consider getting a grabber that grips items easily. This will allow your loved one convenient access to items outside of their reach.
- Encourage your loved one to wear sneakers around the house. Also, look into slippers or socks with grips at the bottom to help prevent slips and falls.
- Check grab bars and hand railings to ensure they are securely fixed and at the correct level.
- Consider a shower wand, bench and grab bar to assist with bathing.
- What would your loved one do if they fell and the phone was in the other room? Consider a personal emergency response system. A pendant around your loved one’s wrist or neck can provide added peace of mind at the touch of a button.
- Go along to your loved one’s doctor appointment. Discuss medications and any recent changes. Certain medications can cause drowsiness and dizziness which can lead to falls.
- Throw rugs can lead to falls and should be moved out of your loved one’s way.
- Finally, visit your loved one frequently.
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