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How to Limit the Risk of Falls for a Senior Living at Home Alone (and How Safety Improves)

Family Caregiver Tips in Tallahassee FL

Falls are the number one cause of accidental death among seniors. Most falls happen within a person’s own home, particularly in the bathroom and kitchen. So when you’re talking about senior Family Caregiver Tips in Tallahassee FLhome safety, focusing on reducing the risk of falls is essential.

Why people fall.

People of all ages fall every so often. Infants, when they are beginning to learn to crawl and walk, are estimated to fall down about 2000 times before they master what most adults come to take for granted. As people age, their body changes. Most of those changes will involve a reduction in muscle mass and strength.

When they begin to lose strength in their legs it can affect balance. It’s why more people, as they get older, will lean on different items, including the walls, when walking around their home, or they rely on canes and walkers. Because of this diminished strength in their legs, and slower reactions, it becomes much more difficult to regain balance if it’s been lost.

If they are stepping into the bathroom and there is water on the ceramic tile floor, it can be slick. A senior with diminished strength will likely fall and suffer an injury.

There are several things family members and professional caregivers can do to help limit the risk of falls. Please note the word ‘limit.’ There is no way to completely remove the risk of falls for any senior living at home alone, but limiting those risks is important.

1. Keep walking areas clear of any debris. A pocketbook, bag, box, book, or anything else that happens to be left in a common walking area is a tripping hazard. Keep these walking areas free of any clutter and debris.

2. Apply nonstick rugs or pads to slick floor surfaces. There are many options to choose from with regard to these nonstick pads or rugs, and they should be used in the bathroom and in the kitchen, especially around the sink.

3. Check all handrails wherever there are stairs. Make sure there are handrails on both sides of the stairwell, whenever possible, and that they are securely in place.

Doing this will help to limit the risk of falls, but there are many other things people can do to improve safety for the senior living at home alone.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Tallahassee Florida, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today: (FL) 850-386-5552 , (GA) 229-236-5552.  Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida & South Georgia

 

 

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Brian Moran

Brian Moran, RN is both a Partner and Director of Marketing for Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. Brian has worked at the Bellevue Hospital in NYC, Tallahassee Community Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital and has over 12 years’ experience as a home health care nurse at American Home Patient. Since joining Hopewell In-Home Senior Care in 2008, Brian has used his knowledge of health care and local resources to help seniors in Tallahassee, FL navigate the medical resource maze. His goal is to assist seniors and their families by increasing awareness, affordability and quality of in-home caregiver services for those who wish to age in place.