Being able to stay in our home as we age is a blessing – one that we shouldn’t take for granted from a safety standpoint.
June is National Safety Month, a perfect time to evaluate the condition of your loved one’s home.
Falls are an increasing problem as we age – more than a quarter of senior citizens experience falls. Seniors who fall once are twice as likely to fall again. Falls are one of the most common safety hazards in the home – nearly 3 million people are treated annually for injuries from a fall.
The risk of experiencing a fall at home increases with a number of factors, including:
- Trip hazards (rugs, clutter in walkways, steps)
- Lower body muscle weakness
- Medication such as sedatives, antidepressants and tranquilizers can impact balance
- Deficiency of vitamin D
ProHealth knows the importance of making sure your senior loved one’s home is as safe of an environment as possible to reduce the risk of falls or other health incidents. While our in-home physicians and therapists are trained in identifying potential safety hazards in the home, it helps when families help make the environment as safe as possible.
Here are some ways to reduce potential health hazards in the home:
- Remove rugs or apply double-sided tape to keep them from folding over
- In the bathroom, install grab bars near toilet and in shower
- Use non-skid mats in the shower or tub
- Replace light bulbs that are out to ensure proper lighting in each room
- Clear clutter from walkways in the home
- Review medications with doctor to get a better understanding of side effects
- Start strength and balance exercises such as Tai Chi or yoga
Need more information on improving the safety of your loved one’s home? Call ProHealth at 877-511-9739 or contact us online.