According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuriesfor the elderly. Our team at Qualicare wants to offer some insight into how you can help prevent falls in your loved one.
What to Know About Fall Prevention
As we age, there are a number of reasons why we become more likely to fall, including:
- Balance issues
- Foot disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- Thyroid problems
However, while certain medical conditions may make your loved one more likely to fall, anyone can fall, at any time. It’s important that everyone be aware of what can be done to limit the risk of falling.
The biggest step you can take to help prevent falls is to make the house more senior-friendly.
First, make sure the home is clear of clutter. If your loved one is living with you and your young children, make sure your kids’ toys are picked up at all times. Toys can be trip hazards for anyone, but older adult are more susceptible to the dangers of falls.
Second, use carpet runners where needed. This will help to give your loved one a better grip when walking on the floors from one room to another. Hardwood floors, particularly after they have been cleaned, can cause a person to slip more easily. Make sure that any rugs or carpets are properly adhered to the floor, though, or they can also become a tripping hazard.
Finally, if you have stairs in your home and your loved one is still able to use the stairs, ensure there are handrails on both sides of the stairs. Handrails are also a good idea in bathrooms and other rooms where your loved one might move from sitting to standing.
Do you need help ensuring your loved one is safe from falls? Visit the Qualicare website today to learn how our qualified team members can help you care for your loved one and help prevent injuries at home.