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Senior Slip and Fall Prevention, Part Two

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is proud to have served seniors in the Shenandoah Valley with high-quality Medicare, Medigap and Medicaid insurance plans for the last thirty years. As the world continues to change, our mission remains the same — providing you with the best plans that perfectly suit your needs. Whether you’ve recently turned 65 or 75, we are here to find the best plan for you. No plan is one size fits all, and we treat every one of our clients as an individual, working hard to help them find a plan that is best for them on an individual level. Service is key, and we work hard to make sure that you receive the absolute best service from us. To find out more information or to speak with one of our Professional Agents, contact Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates today.

In our previous post, we talked about a few things that you can do to make your home slip proof. Wrapping things up, here are just a few more tips on things that you can do to decrease your risk of slipping and falling at home.

Wood flooring is gorgeous and gives a room a sense of elegance and openness. In time, however, floorboards have a tendency to become worn, cracked and unstable. With instability comes the risk of tripping and falling, as the floor is no longer as even as it once was, posing a real threat to you while walking on or near them. Repairing broken or cracked floorboards is a great way to decrease this risk, but an even better way to ensure that your safety is not at risk is to replace the hardwood floor with carpeting. While it may not provide the room with the same sort of aesthetic as hardwood flooring, carpeting is a far more stable flooring option. By replacing unstable hardwood flooring with carpeting, you will greatly reduce your risk of slipping and falling in that room.

Finally, as we stated earlier, slipping and falling is never planned and usually happens on accident. While your bathrooms and staircases can be easily equipped to become more slip-proof, the probability of accidents can also be reduced in other parts of your home by ensuring that there’s nothing currently in your room that could cause you to accidentally slip and fall. Area rugs, while beautiful and classy, can pose a rather significant threat to your safety if not secured properly. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely get rid of all rugs in your home, however. What’s important is that you make sure that all and any rugs are stable, loose and can provide you with an adequate amount of stability when walked upon. Attaching either a slip-resistant backing or double sided tape to the underside of your rugs will allow them to adhere better to the floor, ensuring that they won’t move around unexpectedly while being walked on.

Making your home slip proof is incredibly important in trying to avoid slipping and falling in your home. Accidents do happen, however, and in times like that, you can take comfort in knowing that Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates is providing you with high-quality medical insurance. We are proud to provide seniors in the greater Harrisonburg area with high quality Medicaid, Medicare and Medigap insurance plans. Our Professional Agents work hard to help you find a plan that perfectly suits your needs. To find out more information about our Harrisonburg senior insurance agency or to find a plan that works best for you, contact Marketplace Agency & Elder Care Associates today.

Senior Slip and Fall Prevention, Part One

Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates has been providing seniors in the greater Harrisonburg Area with high-quality Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap insurance plans for more than three decades, making sure that they have a plan that perfectly fits their needs. We continue to strive for only the best in customer service, and our Professional Agents work hard to ensure your complete satisfaction. Whether you’re new to the world of Medicare or are in need of a new plan, we are here to help you find the perfect plan. Contact us today to find out how we can help you with all of your senior medical insurance needs.

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.