Trips & Slips: Five Ways Seniors Can Prevent A Bad Fall
According to the Center for Disease Control, about 36 million falls are reported by older adults every year. As the generation of Baby Boomers grow older each year, this statistic is expected to grow larger as well. For caregivers and home health aides alike, this statistic is staggering. It can lead many who are caretaking for an aging loved one to wonder: how can I protect them from a fall?
Although it is impossible to stop all falls, it is possible to practice preventative measures. The following provided by our friends at Expicare Nursing will divulge five simple ways that seniors can prevent a potential slip and fall.
- Exercise with regularity
For seniors, one of the best ways to prevent falls is to stay physically active. Exercises like yoga, tai chi, and pilates can aid in muscle strength and balance. This allows elderly individuals to temper themselves against falling scenarios, and catch themselves in the event of a slip.
- Avoid loose clothing
Although the pandemic has made us all more prone to loose fitting clothing, it can be a tripping danger for seniors. Try to avoid clothing that will gather and bunch on the floor, as it can cause a potential hazard.
- Know your lighting
One of the best ways to ensure that a senior does not slip in their home, is to make sure they can see it! Install high lumens lighting throughout the home and ensure that all walkways are clearly lit. This will eliminate any dark corners that can become hazardous for those with lessening eyesight.
- Declutter the space
If you want to protect your loved one from a bad fall, then it’s best to remove all debris and clutter from the floor. This includes wires, unfastened rugs, shoes, dirty laundry, etc. Your goal is to have every walkway be as clear as possible. If you have a loved one that is prone to creating clutter, it will be up to you, or a home health aide, to remove the debris before it becomes dangerous!
- Embrace the non-slip mat
For slippery tile and wood, it’s best to invest in a non-slip mat. This is perfect for high traffic areas that are prone to getting wet, such as the kitchen or bathroom. A non-slip mat will provide a landing pad for the senior where they can find their footing amidst potential slippy areas.
BY: Retina Orange County
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