Fall Prevention: Five Easy Tips

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, annually, one in three older adults experiences a fall. In 2013, 25,000 adults over the age of 65 died as a result of fall injuries, and half of those fatalities were due to traumatic brain injuries. That same year, direct medical costs related to falls (adjusted for inflation) exceeded $30 billion.Hannah's Home Care

We recommend taking some simple precautions in the interest of fall prevention. Start by doing a thorough walk-through of your loved one’s living space. Try to see each room through his or her eyes.

  • Are all areas free of clutter and obstacles? Remove common tripping hazards such as long cords and throw rugs; place frequently used items within easy reach.
  • Does each room have sufficient lighting? Use night lights liberally, and consider motion-sensing lightsfor even more peace of mind.
  • Check for loose handrails and consider use of color-contrasted tape to mark the edges of steps or areas where there are changes in elevation. Remove casters and wheels from furniture.
  • Avoid using wax or polish on hard floors and encourage wearing rubber-soled shoes or slippers that fit properly.
  • Install handrails and grip bars in the bathroom. Use non-slip mats in the shower/tub and on the floor.

In the event that a fall does occur, keep a phone, emergency contact list, and flashlight in each room. Begin investigating push button emergency call systems sooner than later. Even if it isn’t needed immediately, knowing what’s available will serve you well in the future.

If you’d like to talk more about fall prevention or another topic, please contact us!