Senior Homecare is Here to Help with Fall Prevention
Back when your loved one was a child, the consequence of falling was usually a small scrape and a bandage. Your mom or dad may still remember those days and think that the occasional fall won’t cause an issue. But aging changes our body, and falling can become a major concern for older adults.
According to CDC, one in four Americans over the age of 65 will fall every year. Falls lead to 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments year over year, and over 27,000 annual deaths. In fact, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury in older adults. Falls are not something you or your loved one should brush off. The risk of falling is high, and senior homecare is here to help your parent stay safe.
Comfort Keepers can assist your loved one by working to reduce the risk of falls. Senior homecare can provide in-home safety assessments to determine hazards in the home. Some of the common culprits in falling accidents are:
- Bathroom: The bathroom, particularly the shower & bathtub, can have wet surfaces where it is easy to fall. Areas where an older adult will sit down (such as a toilet) are also potential fall hazards. You may want to install grab bars in the tub and by the toilet, so a loved one can maneuver easily.
- Stairs: Falls on the stairs can lead to severe damage, and it can be easy for someone to lose their footing if they don’t have support. We recommend ensuring that there are rails on each side of the stairs. Check these rails to make sure they aren’t wobbly – a rail giving out may be even more dangerous than no rail at all.
- Areas of Low or Inaccessible Lighting: Lighting should be readily accessible if a loved one is moving around at night. In addition, dim areas can hide obstacles such as cords or stools. Make sure to avoid dim lights, and replace bulbs when they burn out.
For additional assistance helping your loved one maneuver around the house, don’t hesitate to reach out to our senior homecare team.
Comfort Keepers of Canton provides in home care services in the following cities and neighborhoods in Georgia:
Fairmount, Acworth, Adairsville, Ball Ground, Calhoun, Canton, Cartersville, Cherry Log, East Ellijay, Ellijay, Euharlee, Fairmount, Holly Springs, Jasper, Lebanon, Marble Hill, Oakman, Ranger, Rydal, Talking Rock, Tate , Waleska, White, Woodstock