According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury death among people over 65.
Falls can lead to injuries that range from bumps and bruises to serious complications like a broken hip that requires a surgical procedure to fix.
Medication, illnesses, and environmental factors can all affect balance and strength contributing to a fall.
If a loved one has fallen before, data suggests that 75% of those who fall will do so again within 6 months. The amount of deaths from falls begins to increase at the age of 63 and dramatically increases at the age of 70. Falls present serious risks.
If you or your loved one is finding it difficult to complete everyday tasks like preparing food, standing, or getting out of bed, an in-home caregiver can help with those things that have become increasingly more difficult. This will allow for safer aging in place.
In-Home Fall Prevention Tips
It is important that you and your loved ones have a clutter-free and safe environment if you want to prevent in-home falls. Follow these practical steps:
- Maintain a well-lit home and use night lights in the evening
- Avoid using ladders and step stools
- Remove throw rugs and tack down loose carpets
- Wear shoes with nonskid soles (instead of slippers or sandals)
- Ensure that your floor is clean of liquids and not waxed
- Remove loose cords from pathways and keep floors clear
- Install handrails on both sides of the stairwell
- Install grab bars and handles near toilets, showers, and bathtubs