Falls involving the elderly are all too frequent and may have serious consequences. Taking precautionary measures is crucial, such as assessing the home for fall dangers like throw rugs along with other trip and fall hazards, insufficient lighting, and an absence of appropriate grab bars and railings. But there’s an additional approach being suggested now: developing a fall plan of care, which, when executed accurately, has been demonstrated to help reduce fall-related emergency room visits by as much as 40%.
So while we most certainly don’t want to plan on a senior loved one falling, we can be better prepared with this fall prevention checklist and help the person by encouraging the following steps:
If a fall does take place, understanding how to fall more safely can decrease the risk of injury. In particular:
Using the following proactive steps can also go a long way towards preventing a fall:
At Midnight Sun Home Care, our Alaska senior care team is experienced in making the home environment as safe and secure from falls as possible, and we are skilled in providing ambulation help and oversight when necessary to help make sure fall risk is decreased. We are also available to engage in doctor-recommended exercise programs to improve stability and flexibility, resulting in overall improved senior health. Give us a call at (907) 677-7890 or contact us online for a complimentary in-home consultation to learn more ways our senior care services can help you and your family! To learn more about the other areas in Alaska that we serve, please visit our Service Area page.