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Simple ways to reduce the risk of falls

If you have loved ones who are seniors, we are sure you have thought about them falling. Many people start to show some decrease in their balance and/or changes to their gait as we age. A fall can be very detrimental to a senior, even if they are lucky enough not to break anything. Falls can cause bruising, skin tears, and broken bones, as well as make someone apprehensive about getting up and around.

 

 

There are many ways to reduce the risk of falls in and around the home. Some simple things are:

  • Ensure pathways through the house are clear of clutter and well lit
  • Remove scatter or throw rugs. If you need to have an area carpet, ensure it is non-slip and is not curling on the edges
  • Clear objects from stairs, and use a hand rail
  • Turn the light on before going up or down the stairs – make sure you have a switch at the top and the bottom
  • Consider installing nightlights in hallways and bathrooms
  • Install anti-slip treads in the bathtub and/or shower
  • Use a tub chair or have handrails installed in the bath or shower  – make sure these are secured to a stud, and not just the wallboard
  • Consider installing a handrail to assist with getting onto and up from the toilet – again, this should be secured to a stud
  • Keep frequently used items in easily accessible locations
  • Stay hydrated, take your medications as prescribed, and eat healthy meals
  • Have salt and/or sand available to spread on icy pathways and driveways and have someone clear the snow for you
  • Talk to your Doctor about exercises for improving your balance and strengthening your muscles, to make it less likely that you will lose your balance. This is important even if you haven’t fallen, or don’t think you have balance issues- it is preventative, and although not a guarantee you won’t fall, it certainly can help!
  • Ask your local senior center about fall prevention workshops or classes

 

We discussed some of these in   “Five Home Safety Basics You Need to Know” .

The wonderful caregivers here at Care at Home are trained to help your senior recognize trip hazards and help prevent falls. If your senior needs assistance, please contact us. We do provide Care at Home in RI and in CT. Call us in Rhode Island at 401.537.1609 or in Connecticut at 860.333.6841. 

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Suzanne Karp, Founder

Founder, Owner at Care at Home
Suzanne was born in Southington, Connecticut and currently resides with her husband and two Shih Tzu’s in New London, Connecticut. In 2010, she started Care At Home, a non-medical home care company that assists seniors to remain in the safety and comfort of their own home.Care At Home has grown significantly in just a few years and now employs over 90 people.As a former engaged life director at a national assisted care facility for seniors, and as a Conservator for the State of Connecticut, she quickly learned that she loved caring for her seniors (my “Peeps”).They brought as much joy into her life as she did to theirs. In the Fall of 2016, Suzanne was instrumental in creating the Southeast Senior Network which consists of over 50 professionals in the senior care industry.As a member of the Leadership Team, Suzanne conducts the monthly meetings at various locations throughout Southeastern Connecticut. Her experience as a Conservator for the Probate Courts has lead her to meet and work with various organizations and discover resources as she helps many people in different stages of their life. All of her experience has lead her to a point in life in which she understands what seniors need, and how she can maintain or increase their quality of life.All of this has earned her the reputation of being referred to as the “Senior Whisperer”.