Jan 27, 2017 by Comfort Keepers of Pleasanton
At Comfort Keepers, our mission is to keep seniors happy, healthy and independent in the comfort of their own homes. The in home care services we provide emphasize safety, so we one of the first steps we take is to assess your senior loved one’s home for any hazards that could lead to falls. Reducing the risk of falls increases the quality of life and independence, allowing your senior loved one to continue living at home.
Fall prevention usually requires several home modifications. Depending on your loved one’s medical status and living environment, these modifications can involve minor or major changes. Fortunately, most home alterations are budget-friendly, meaning that even seniors with a very limited income can transform their home into a safer living environment to prevent falls. In home care experts in Pleasanton, CA are well-trained in determining how to best improve their living space.
To reduce the risk of indoor falls, a professional caregiver might first recommend getting rid of clutter. It is especially important to remove clutter from pathways and staircases so that your loved one can move around their home without the risk of tripping and sustaining injuries. In home care professionals can help your loved one clean and organize their house. This can even be a fun joint activity, as your loved one can go through their old things and decide what they want to keep and what they can live without.
Rearranging both large and small pieces of furniture can also prevent falls. This can provide your loved one with more space to move around rooms without bumping into household objects such as coffee tables or plant holders. Additionally, in home care experts in Pleasanton, CA recommend making sure that all rugs are safely secured to the floor. It can also be a good idea to place and firmly secure nonskid mats in the bathroom.
As for major home modifications, these can include installing grab bars in the bath/shower and next to the toilet, handrails in corridors and on stairs, and nightlights throughout the most commonly used rooms in the house.
Because many falls happen outdoors, in home care professionals in Pleasanton, CA can advise your loved one to consider fall-proofing the garden and yard as well. This can include safely storing gardening and other tools, repairing stairs and pathways, and leveling the lawn.
Taking these precautionary measures can play a crucial role in fall prevention. However, there are other steps your loved one can take to lower the risk of falls. A professional caregiver can suggest performing strength and balance exercises on a regular basis and using an assistive device such as a cane or a walker too. By working together to prevent falls and limit other health risks, we will ensure that your senior loved one continues to live their best life possible!