One of the top causes of injuries for elderly seniors are trips and falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of five falls causes a severe injury such as broken bones or a head injury. When it comes to senior safety, here are some tips to help fall-proof your home to keep your elderly loved one safe and sound!
Decluttering your home can help minimize the risks of trips and falls. Some of the most common things that could cause a trip and fall are:
- Small furniture
- Throw rugs
- Small home decor
- Electrical or phone cords
Assess Your Furniture Arrangement
If you have a “furniture maze” in your home, your senior loved one could have a hard time moving around, especially if they use a walker or wheelchair to move around. Creating a clear path that is wide enough for them to walk about between furniture can prevent tripping hazards.
Keep Floors Dry
Bathrooms and kitchens are notorious for wet floors and leaving them this way can pose a serious risk of a slip and fall. Check bathrooms and kitchens often and dry up and spills or water as soon as possible.
Keeping your home well-lit for seniors is essential, especially if their eyesight isn’t as keen as it used to be. You can find nightlights or other types of lighting with motion detectors to turn on should your senior loved one get up in the middle of the night.
Our number one concern is always the safety of our residents and encourages them to take precautions and stay safe at all times. For more tips on how to keep your favorite senior safe, check out our blog! To find out how we can help your senior loved one live a healthy and happy senior live, contact us today to schedule a tour at one of our five convenient communities!