September is National Fall Prevention Month!
There are extreme dangers when it comes to falls and the elderly.
Shocking FALL statistics:
Seniors 65 and older
1 in every 3 people will fall every year.
Falls are the leading cause of hospitalizations and deaths due to injury.
Two-thirds of individuals that fall will do so again in six months.
One-fourth of seniors who fracture a hip from a fall will die within six months of the injury.
Woman are more susceptible to falls than men
One out of every ten people will get a hip fracture due to a fall.
Preventing Falls, Room by Room
Remove any clutter from pathways.
Keep electrical cords out of walkways.
Arrange all furniture so there are direct walkways to adjoining rooms.
Make sure all furniture that is used is high enough to get in and out of easily.
Remove all mats and rugs.
Make sure the bed is at an appropriate height to get into and out of easily.
Linens should be a non-slick material such as wool or cotton, stay away from satin.
Keep the floor debris free.
Install anti-slip mats or decals in the tub or shower.
Grab bars are essential to add both inside and directly out of the shower/tub.
Use a raised toilet seat or seat with armrests.
If you are unsteady on your feet in the shower make sure there is an elevated shower chair.
If carpeted- make sure carpet it a light colored, non-patterned carpet which will make it easier to see each step. If wooded- place non-slip grips on each step.
Install handrails on both sides of the stairs.
Make sure, at a MINIMUM, there are lights at the bottom and top of the stairs.
By following these few suggestions you are well on your way to making your home the safest place for you and your loved ones.
Always Best Care of Boulder County can make suggestions to help make your house into a safer place to live.
Individual caregivers or team of specialists can be provided on a part-time, intermittent, and hourly or shift basis. Our flexible care programs vary from hourly to live-in, as well as night and respite accommodations. We then assign personnel according to the needs and wishes of each client.
Whether you are recovering from surgery, an injury or illness, or simply require that extra help at home, our goal remains the same: To provide you with the highest quality of health care services and the peace of mind that your efforts and recovery are our top priorities.
At Always Best Care, your home health team will provide you with an organized, thorough and completely individualized plan created with your specific needs in mind.
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