Every 19 minutes an older adult in the United States dies as a result of a fall according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Falls are preventable, but you need to take action now. Follow these manageable steps to reduce the possibility.
1. Remove Rugs
Rugs are beautiful, warm and decorative but are trip hazards. They oftentimes slip or gap creating a dangerous situation for even the most sure-footed. Rug pads and tape can help, but not entirely eliminate the risk. Pick up rugs and either install carpet or just enjoy bare floors.
2. Have a Geriatric Care Manager complete an in-home safety assessment of your home.
Rugs are not the only safety hazard in the home, there are many others that can create a fall hazard. In addition, a Geriatric Care Manager is trained to identify those as well as suggest safe alternatives. Many of these alternatives are very affordable. Call Alliance Senior Care to schedule your in-home safety assessment.
3. Know your limitations
Time and time again, I get a call from a loved one that said their parent fell trying to complete household tasks that were unsafe for their current physical status. Oftentimes, it is sometimes as minor as bending down to pick something off the floor. It is important that we all understand which activities are safe for us to complete and others that are best left to others. Alliance Senior Care’s services are designed to ensure that our clients can remain in their own homes, by assisting them with household tasks including laundry, changing the linens and light housekeeping to name a few.
4. Improve strength and balance
Studies indicate that those who are physically active, maintain their physical capabilities. It is the old “Use It or Lose It.” It is very important that our clients get up and move every couple of hours. That is why we developed the Integrated Wellness Program. The caregiver engages the client in physical activity on each shift. The physical activity is tailored to each client’s capabilities. This helps to motivate our clients when they have the caregiver participating with them and encouraging them.
Call Alliance Senior Care to see if you are a good candidate for the Integrated Wellness Program. Alliance Senior Care is the exclusive provider.
For more information, https://www.alliancesrcare.com/senior-integrated-wellness-program/ Falls are tragic but preventable, call Alliance Senior Care to reduce your loved one’s risk.