Elderly care: preventing falls

A number of statistics provided by the Center For Disease Control bring to light just how dangerous falls can be for the elderly. Falls can bring a range of consequences from head trauma to fractured hips and even increase the risk of early death.

According to CDC statistics compiled for 2008, over 19,700 older adults died from injuries caused by unintentional falls in that year.

Sadly, falls are a health problem that is mostly preventable.

Preventing falls can help keep your loved ones out of long-term care facilities. The CDC statistics reveal that people age 75 who fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer.

Elderly parents generally prefer to remain at home, so it’s best to evaluate the home of your elderly loved one to help prevent falls.

To monitor if your elderly family member is safe and managing in his her home here are some suggestions:

  • Visit often and at different times of the day and night
  • Make sure to note daily activities that appear challenging
  • Remove rugs that slide
  • Remove furniture with sharp edges
  • Set the water heater at lower temperatures
  • Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning
  • Install grab bars near the toilet and shower and consider getting a shower stool or chair

If you are unsure of everything that needs to be done to make the home safe for your aging loved one then consult a professional service such as Encompass Senior Solutions. In addition, some companies specialize in home remodeling and accommodation for seniors.

“Encompass Senior Solutions solves the challenges families face in caring for aging parents, with a focus on strategies that keep them in their homes. To learn more about our solutions, visit http://www.encompass-assessments.com.”