Yes, age is just a number. However, as this number increases, so does our risk of falls.
That’s why our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare Vaughan want to offer some suggestions on how to the limit the risk of falls in your aging loved one.
Why Does a Fall Happen?
One of the best ways to prevent falls from occurring is understanding why they happen in the first place.
Certain medical conditions can put your loved one at an increased risk of falling, including:
- Foot disorders
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle weakness in legs
- Parkinson’s disease
Preventing Falls at Home
Fortunately, while falls are common among the elderly, most can prevented with simple changes.
Start by making sure your loved one’s home is as neat as possible. Decluttering your loved one’s homefrom stacks of magazines in the hallway, rugs that can become trip hazards and any other debris that could cause your loved one to fall is the first step.
In addition, you might also want to make sure other trip hazards are not lurking in your loved one’s home, such as slippery throw rugs and loose carpet. Make sure all rugs and carpet are adhered appropriately to the floor.
Finally, you might want to discuss with your loved one the option to set up safety devices inside your loved one’s home. From handrails going up and down stairs to grab bars inside showers, many simple home renovations can help make your loved one’s home safer and, in the end, help prevent falls by making even simple tasks easier.
Are you worried about your loved one falling when you are not around? Make help available 24/7 with the assistance of our in-home care providers at Qualicare Vaughan. Give us a call today!