Wednesday Workshop – Smart Ways to Reduce the Risk of Falling in the Home
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. Every hour, there are hundreds of emergency room visits across America that can be attributed to falls, most of which occur in the person’s home. With shocking numbers like this, it’s worth asking, what can you do to reduce your risk of falling in your home?
The absolute best way to reduce your risk of falling in general is to remain active into older age. Exercise and physical activity can improve your strength, cardiac health, balance, and reaction time. Sign up for an exercise program now. There are programs designed to fit every level of fitness, from walking groups to gym classes and aerobics.
Some other ways to reduce the risk of falls in the home include:
- Make sure the home is well lit in all rooms and areas. Good lighting will help your loved one avoid tripping over objects. Put night lights in the bedroom, hallways, stairs and bathrooms.
- Get rid of throw rugs or make sure they have a nonskid backing.
- Put hand rails in the bathroom for the bath, shower and toilet use.
- And don’t forget about the stairs! There should be rails on both sides of the stairs for support.
- Purchase nonskid shoes for your loved one to wear in the home. Avoid loose slippers that could cause them to slide and trip.
- Pick up electrical and extension cords that are close to the ground.
- If your loved one’s doctor suggests that he/she use a cane or a walker to help them walk, be sure your loved one uses it! This will give them the extra stability when walking and will help avoid falls.
Making home modifications and staying active are good ways to prevent falls. It is important to discuss any concerns with your doctor. And make sure you have a way to call for help if you do fall. Hopefully you will never need it, but it is always a good idea to have a plan.
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.