Senior Slip and Fall Prevention, Part One

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As we grow older, we become more susceptible to various sorts of health risks. While we’ve discussed things that we can do to lower our risk of diseases like cancer and heart disease, another very common health risk among seniors is actually accidental slipping and falling. Statistically speaking, nearly one third of the people over the age of 65 fall each year, and an overwhelming majority of those flips and falls occur within 30 yards of our own homes. While some falls can be less intense than others, the types of injuries that you can receive as a result of a fall can be incredibly serious, or in some cases, fatal. Everything from traumatic brain injuries to various fractures and breaks can all come from a simple fall. Thankfully, there are plenty things that we can do to make our homes safer and more stable, lending themselves to a decreased likelihood of slipping and falling. In part one of this two part post, we will look at a handful of things that you can do to make your home slip proof, decreasing your risk of slipping and falling in your home.

One of the easiest ways to make you safer from the risk of slipping and falling in your home is to make your home slip proof. No one ever plans on slipping, nor do they want to, so a great way to reduce your risk of slipping and falling at home is to make various rooms in your home safer and more stable.

One of the most common reasons why seniors slip and fall in their homes has to do with the overall stability in various parts of their home. Falling up or down the stairs is incredibly common and doing so can cause serious injuries. A great way to prevent this from happening is to make your staircase easier to walk on. If your staircase has bare wood with no carpeting or a less-slick surface to walk on, you can add tread covers to each step. This will give each step much more traction, making them much easier to walk on. With a wide variety of styles and aesthetics to choose from, you don’t have to invest in less-than-ideal looking stair covers in the interest of making your home more safe, and plenty can make your stairs look even more attractive than they did uncovered. Additionally, if your staircase exists without a hand railing, installing one will also add a considerable amount of stability to your staircase, as you can hold onto the handrail while going up and down the stairs to provide you with an extra level of comfort and stability.

Another common area where slipping tends to happen is in the bathroom. Many seniors find themselves losing their stability getting in and out of the tub or while taking a shower. This is common because of the generally slick and slippery nature of showers and bathroom floors overall. Much like your staircases, you can make your tubs and showers more stable by installing shower mats inside your bathtub and on your bathroom floor. This will give both areas an added level of stability, providing your tub or shower with added traction and allowing your floor to absorb excess water. Additionally, you can easily install a grab bar in your shower or bathtub area, which, like your staircase handrail, can provide you with extra support should you need it.

We will continue this topic in part two of this post. For all of your Harrison Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance needs, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates.

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