Fall Risk & Prevention for Seniors & Elderly
How Important is Fall Prevention?
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 250,000 older adults are hospitalized each year from falls. For seniors, a fall can lead to a significant loss of mobility and independence. Fall prevention planning can have a huge impact on reducing risk and speeding up recovery.
Preventing Falls at Home
There are a few quick ways to help with fall prevention at home. You can tape down any throw rugs in hallways and rooms so people don’t trip over the corners. You might also consider night lights in hallways to help avoid falls when using the restroom at night, and adding non-slip mats in the kitchen and bathroom. For more resources about fall prevention, visit our blog!
Home Care Can Help With Fall Recovery
If your loved one has recently fallen, a caregiver can support them at home in recovery. Having in-home help also improves the chances of preventing falls from happening in the first place. Caregivers can encourage regular exercise and prompt a loved one to take medications on time, which can lower the risk for side effects like dizziness. They can also eliminate fall hazards around the home and provide stability and assistance in slippery areas like the bathroom or kitchen.
For more information, please review our Home Safety Resources.