The fear of your loved one falling, especially if they live alone, is a common concern for many families with aging parents or loved ones. The good news is that there are many preventative measures you can take to lower your loved one’s risk of falling in their home. Consider some of the fall prevention tips below.
Usually, the living room is where seniors and their families spend the majority of their time, and often, the furniture in this room is typically bigger and bulkier. Though larger pieces of furniture can be used for physical support when moving around, oversized furniture can also cause tripping hazards and falls.
Work with your loved one to strategically arrange the furniture in this room and make it as safe as possible by:
Home bathrooms can be slippery, which can make this room a potential hazard for seniors. Talk to your loved one about bathroom safety and consider the following fall prevention tips:
The bedroom area can become a place of clutter due to the storage of personal and important items like old photo books, antiques or gifts. It’s encouraged that you discuss with your loved one the importance of keeping this space open and free of clutter. Staying organized is essential when trying to avoid potential falling hazards. Here are more suggestions for keeping the bedroom free of obstacles:
Heat isn’t the only thing to avoid in the kitchen, as this room is a common space for falls at home. Often, the kitchen floor is a tile, wood or linoleum material, which can be a little more difficult to walk on. Unlike carpet, these floor materials make slips and falls more common due to lack of friction, and spills or debris can make things worse. To help prevent falls in the kitchen, your loved one should:
Related: Older Adult Kitchen Safety Checklist
At Independence Village, safety comes first. With a trained care team and floor plans built with residents in mind, you and your loved one can spend less time worrying about falls and more time making memories. Visit our Here For A Loved One page to see how Independence Village can provide knowledge and support when making the transition to a senior living community.