Reducing Fall Risks

by Lois Etienne on January 27, 2012

in Caregiver Support,Senior Health and Safety

The most profound effect of falling is the loss of independent functioning. For those 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture. That number jumps to 1 in 10 when you’re over 85. Then there’s the stat that says 25% of those who actually fracture their hip will die within 6 months! Another 25%  will require life-long nursing care.

Since more than 60% of falls occur in the home, a home safety assessment can limit falls. The number one reason for falls is tripping over objects on the floor, including area rugs and electrical cords. Make sure that walkways in the home are free from tripping hazards, are well lit and maybe even place grab bars or railing on walls.

Some other quick ideas to promote safety are: use nightlights, use contrast colors for edges, use emergency response systems, install hand-held shower heads and shower chairs, use sturdy step stools, use higher chairs with arm rests and have strategically placed seating just in case.

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