One of the biggest risks your senior runs in terms of injuring herself could be from tripping. Falls are a huge problem for older adults and if you can reduce the likelihood that your senior is going to trip, you can also help her to reduce her fall risk.
Check How Well-lit Your Senior’s Home Is
If your elderly family member can’t see what’s around her, she can’t avoid possible problems. Bump up the lighting in her home if it’s lacking. Older light fixtures should be able to use brighter LED light bulbs, which can help considerably. If necessary, add a few lamps where you can.
Clear out Tripping Hazards
Items that used to be cute or decorative could now be a tripping hazard. Some pieces of furniture might be too big for your senior’s needs now or she may have things like stacks of magazines that need to go. Whatever it is that’s extraneous, work to get rid of it so that it doesn’t become a tripping hazard.
Give Her Something to Lean On
Installing grab bars is another modification to consider. Having something to lean on can save your senior if she does trip, but it helps before then, too. Holding onto a handrail can help your senior to steady herself, especially if she’s not very stable on her feet. Install handrails anywhere that you have room to do so.
Include Safety Checks in Routine Cleaning
One of the best ways to start doing routine safety checks is to include them with something that’s already done on a regular basis. Working them into the cleaning routine for your senior’s home is an easy way to make sure it’s happening regularly. If you’re not the one helping her clean, talk to her caregiver about letting you know what they see while they’re helping her.
Footwear Is Important
Last but not least, your senior’s footwear matters more than she might want to believe. If she’s wearing sturdy shoes with a solid sole, that’s going to help protect her feet and stabilize her. Make sure that her shoes fit well and are comfortable. They also need to be easy for her to put on every day.
There may be other changes you and your senior need to make over time to protect her from tripping and falling. Tackle those issues as they crop up and the tasks won’t feel as overwhelming.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING CAREGIVERS IN LAS VEGAS, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.