Today we will go over fall prevention tips that can benefit anyone, but especially the elderly. Have you started on your caregiver journey because your parents are aging? Do you have limited mobility and want to learn how to inhabit a safer, more accessible home? Does your child have a disability? These tips will apply to several situations.
Learn How to Provide Physical Assistance Safely
When you’re living in a home with anyone who has limited mobility, it makes a world of difference when you know how to lift them safely. There are situations where you may have to help a spouse, child, or parent get in and out of bed or a chair. When you give a loved one physical assistance, it helps reduce the possibility of that person falling by attempting to stand up without any help. As you lift your loved one up, keep your head aligned with your spine, bend at your knees, and never twist your body as you’re lifting them.
Enhance the Lighting in Your Home
A dimly lit home is a hazard for anyone. Improper lighting can make it harder to see obstacles such as furniture corners, the edges of steps, or miscellaneous items on the floor. When you add more lighting throughout the home and the home’s exterior, it makes falling less of a possibility. Consider enhancing your deck and driveway lighting and ensuring that there is an accessible light in each room inside. Nightlights or motion-detecting lights are helpful as well.
Make the Stairways Safer
Uneven or loose steps should have repairs done as well as having non-slip surfaces and being well-lit. For stairs with carpets, ensure that there aren’t any loose or hazardous fibers. For wooden steps, make sure that they aren’t extra slippery, specifically regarding polishes and waxes. Make sure that the handrails are sturdy. Also, one of the most effective things you can do to aid in fall prevention is investing in a stairlift. A stairlift guarantees that a person can comfortably travel from one floor to the next while avoiding the hazards of walking up and down step altogether.
Invest in The Proper Footwear
Everyone should wear comfortable and functional shoes. Supportive rubber-soled shoes decrease the chance of a potential slip or fall. Any slippery surfaces, from your shoes to your floors, are not safe. Invest in area mats as a barrier from liquids that may fall on the floor when you’re cooking or washing dishes.
If you’re someone living with limited mobility or you know someone, refer them to Preferred Elevator. We offer products that can make navigating throughout the home a better experience. For more tips on fall prevention and other valuable information, keep following our weekly content.
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