Falls are one of the most serious risks that elderly adults face. Each year throughout the United States millions of older adults experience Falls, and all of those hundreds of thousands end up in the emergency room seeking medical attention for injuries they sustained. Falling is a leading cause of severe injury among older adults and can lead to injuries so severe they diminish functioning, safety, and quality of life.
As a family caregiver, it is critical not just to be able to recognize these risks, but also to take steps to reduce them for your parent as they age in place. With winter weather already arriving in many areas and on its way to others, preparing now to reduce the risk of falls is vital to preserving their health and safety, and helping them to enjoy the season more. This starts with creating a safer and more secure home environment.
Some ways you can make your senior’s home more fall-proof during the winter include:
- Have an absorbent mat outside the door as well as inside to reduce slipping when exiting or entering a home during inclement weather.
- Make sure all handrails are properly installed and in good condition, both inside and outside the home.
- Check to make sure the gutters are not dripping or overflowing as this can cause a small ice patch on the stairs or walkways. These are often difficult to see but can lead to very dangerous slips and falls.
- Keep slippers with good grips on the bottom and a fullback chair close to the door so your parent can change out of their shoes and into slippers rather than navigating the home with wet feet.
- Remember an elderly adult may be stiffer and have more difficulty walking when they are cold, which can make tripping or slipping hazards more serious. Keep loose floor coverings, electrical wires, and other potential dangers out of the way.
- Make sure their walkways are properly treated to prevent ice but do not leave salt, sand, kitty litter, or other debris in the way as these can also cause slipping.
If you live at a distance from your aging parents, the challenges of being a family caregiver may be increased. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t help your parent live their best life. Bringing home care into your routine with your parent allows them to get the care and support they need on a daily basis so you can feel confident they can remain safe and healthy while aging in place.
An in-home senior care services provider can act as a valuable source of support for your parent and also for you as you maintain your connection with your loved one when you are unable to be with them as often as you’d like. This care provider can keep you updated on your parent’s condition, let you know when new challenges have arisen, and perform valuable services such as accompany your parent to doctors appointments so they can stay in control of their health as they age.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering a Caregiver in Troy, MI, please contact the caring staff at Alliance Senior Care today. Call (248) 274-2170.