As we age, our senses of sight and balance naturally decrease, making falls a serious concern for elderly individuals. This is especially of concern for dementia patients who experience the symptom of wandering. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury among senior citizens. Because this is such a serious concern for those within the Poet’s Walk community, we offer a fall prevention program that strives to educate both seniors and their caregivers, helping them to make adjustments that will ensure utmost safety and well-being.
Our Checklist for Caregivers to Help Prevent Falls
One of the first steps in decreasing the risk of falls is to first and foremost understand why they happen. Due to natural changes in the center of balance and coordination, falls become more and more likely as we age. Additionally, loss of vision and taking medications that cause dizziness are a factor. While completely eliminating the risk of falling is impossible, there are multiple precautionary steps that caregivers can take to dramatically reduce the potential for falls and fall-related injuries:
- Use double-sided tape under any rugs to keep them from slipping underfoot
- Keep hallways, pathways, and stairs clear of clutter
- Make sure electronic and appliance cords are coiled and placed along walls
- Keep all hallways and stairways well lit
- Install glowing light switches at the bottom and top of stairways
- Use non-slip rubber treads on all stairs
- Make sure all stairways have steady handrails that span the entire length of the stairs
- Keep all daily-used kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom items within easy reach
- Install grab bars in the bathtub or shower and next to the toilet and consider a shower stool for bathing
- Use a sturdy step stool with bar grips for additional security
- Place easy to reach light sources on both sides of beds
An Assisted Living Community Dedicated to Preventing Falls
At Poet’s Walk, a Spring Hills Community, we know that a bad fall can be the start of a serious health decline for seniors. By focusing on elderly individuals in independent living facilities, as well as those who reside in our assisted living facilities, we are able to help seniors live long and healthy lives. Within our Fall Prevention Program, seniors and their families have access to the resources they need to help decrease the risk of falls. These resources include tailored exercise programs to help improve strength and balance, as well as free in-home assessments to help secure your loved one’s environment.
To ensure your loved one’s safety at home, we invite you to contact us. We’re happy to conduct an in-home assessment or talk to you about our Fall Reduction Programs at Poet’s Walk!