Accidental falls are not something that you or your senior loved one want her to experience. Try these suggestions to help her avoid falling when she’s at home.
Change out Lighting
The odds are very good that your senior loved one’s home could use some improved lighting. If the fixtures aren’t working well or they’re rated for lower wattage bulbs, consider changing them out.
Otherwise, make sure that you’ve got bright light bulbs in all of the fixtures so that your loved one has plenty of light to see her way around.
Use Rugs with a Grippy Backing
Throw rugs that have no backing at all or that have a slippery backing can slide very easily when your loved one steps on them just the wrong way. Look for rugs that have a grippier backing so that they stay put. Another alternative is to use carpet tape to secure throw rugs in place. If that doesn’t work well, consider getting rid of the rugs altogether.
Move Items Around to Reduce the Need for a Step Stool
The last thing that you want to hear is that your loved one fell off of a step stool or a ladder when she was trying to get something off of a high shelf. The best way around this problem is to rearrange items so that the ones that she needs most often are in lower cabinets and on lower shelves. That reduces the need for her to have to climb anything.
Talk to Your Senior Loved One’s Doctor
Your loved one’s doctor can give you lots of help when it comes to helping your loved one avoid falls. He can narrow down potential causes from health conditions to side effects from her medication. Your loved one’s doctor might also recommend an exercise program to help your loved one to become stronger.
Get Some New Shoes for Your Loved One
Plenty of people don’t enjoy wearing shoes at home and that might be true for your loved one, too. One thing that shoes do really well, however, is to provide a stable surface for your loved one’s feet. Make sure that you choose shoes that fit her well and that have a supportive sole with a good amount of grip.
You might also want to consider hiring senior home care providers for your loved one. They can help you to spot potential hazards before they cause a fall for your loved one.