Every year, about 25 percent of the nation’s 65+ population fall. Of those falls, 2.8 million require a trip to the ER. Fall prevention begins at home. There are many things you can do to keep your elderly parent from falling at home.
Most elderly men and women are on a tight budget. They don’t have the money for costly renovations. Here are three home improvements that prevent falls and don’t cost anything.
Check Carpets and Rugs
Scatter rugs are notorious for being slippery on a wooden, tile, or laminate floor. Longer runners tend to curl at the edges, which creates a hazard. Inspect your parent’s floors and look for rugs that may cause your mom or dad to slip and fall. If you find any, remove them.
You should also look at carpeting seams to see if any are starting to come apart. If they are, you’ll need to address the issue. Liquid nail or a hot glue gun works wonders when you’re short on cash and can’t afford a professional repair.
Tripping over clutter in an entryway, bedroom, or hallway is another risk. Go through your mom or dad’s home and look for obstacles. Is there a shoe tray overflowing with shoes? If those shoes spill onto the floor, is your mom likely to trip on them?
Look at the living room layout. When your dad walks from the sofa to the bathroom, does the placement of an end table or coffee table interfere? Has he whacked his shin or thigh as he moves past it? Again, that increases the risk of a fall.
Make sure items have a home. If your parent has a dog, keep a basket for toys. You may be able to train the dog to put toys away, but you or a caregiver will most likely need to pick up toys once or twice a day. Magazines and books should be in a magazine rack or bookcase. Throw blankets should be folded and put on a sofa or in a cupboard.
Move Items to Lower Shelves
Falls in a kitchen are often the result of a senior trying to get something in an upper cabinet. Go through your parent’s kitchen and figure out what is and isn’t used. Items that rarely get used should be in the highest cabinets. Items that are used daily should be on the counters. Everything else should be in the lower cabinets.
Does your parent struggle to keep the house organized? Hire a caregiver. Senior care professionals provide many helpful services. Your parent gets help cooking meals, cleaning the home, and doing laundry. Caregivers also provide companionship. Call a senior care agency to learn more.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Medford, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.