It is finally fall! Well… in some parts of the country more so than others, but it is October, so that counts for something. Right?
Well, the changing season kicks off our Fall Prevention Crusade to encourage families to safety-proof their homes to keep seniors from falling. Did you know that falls are the #1 cause of injuries, hospital visits, and deaths among those 65 and older? The silver lining, though, is that most falls are preventable.
That’s why we have come up with a “Fall Prevention Checklist” to help you keep this fall free of falls! Here are some specific ways families and friends can help prevent a senior from taking a fall around the home:
Senior Helpers “Fall Prevention Checklist”
- Install handrails on both sides of stairs and grab bars in bathrooms (1/3 of households in America with stairs do not have banisters or handrails. Only 19% of households in America have grab bars in tubs/showers).
- Provide plenty of light at the top and bottom of stairs and throughout hallways.
- Paint the bottom basement step white to make it more visible.
- Secure rugs to the floor to prevent tripping.
- Attach non-slip strips to the bottom of slippers and shoes.
- In outside areas, check steps and walkways for loose bricks, cement or stone.
Other Tips To Help Prevent Falling:
- Have Foot Size Measured – do this each time your senior buys shoes. Foot size changes with age and a shoe that is too big increases the risk of a fall.
- Exercise Regularly – choose activities that increase leg strength and improve balance in seniors, such as Tai Chi.
Eye Check-ups – make sure senior loved ones have their eyes checked by a doctor at least once a year and have their eyeglasses updated as needed.
- A good tip: consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for activities such as walking outside.
- Review Medications – have a doctor or pharmacist review medications/prescriptions to learn what may cause side effects, such as dizziness or drowsiness.
Have you made any changes to help your home stay fall-proof this year?