One of the biggest fears many seniors have is falling. Turns out that this fear isn't far off base. Every year a third of adults over age 65 fall and 2 million have to go to the emergency room.
You can reduce the chances of falling in your home, whether you're moving into a new senior apartment or are already comfortably living in a house. Run through some of the biggest causes of falls and alter your living area as needed.
Start From the Ground Up
Do what you can to reduce your things. Too much clutter in a room makes it tough to walk through. Do you need everything that you have?
- Assess your furnishings. Make a quick floor plan and sketch out where furniture will go. Make sure there is plenty of space around doorways and walkways.
- Check floor coverings. Keep from putting down those throw rugs or mats or remove them. Your home will be comfortable enough without them.
- Work on storage solutions. If you have places for everything to go, you won't be tempted to leave books, papers, shoes and other items on the floor.
Let There Be Light
Sometimes senior apartments and homes don't have the best lighting. It may be because the overheads are harsh and many seniors don't like the glare, so they rely on small table lamps. But lighting is crucial to seeing where you are.
- Make sure that there is a light switch that turns on an overhead light at the entrance to every room.
- Invest in a motion light that comes on when you enter your front door. It will ensure you can see to get in.
- Add nightlights to every room, especially the bedroom and bathroom.
- Find out what you need to do if bulbs burn out. Many senior housing complexes have a maintenance specialist who will come change bulbs or even install new lighting fixtures if you need help. If you live on your own, look for a yard and home care helper who can come in regularly to assist you.
Keep it On the Down Low
Even though you think you'll be safe, in the moment when you need to reach the items on the high shelves, you may not be as careful.
- Only use high shelves for storage. Have a housekeeper, maintenance worker or family member assist you with getting these items down when you need them. Everything you use regularly should be within reach.
- Never climb a ladder or even a step stool if you're feeling unsteady.
You can also make sure you are staying active, have had your eyes checked and are conscious of any medications that may cause dizziness. Your doctor can advise you on how to stay in the best physical condition to minimize falls and injuries in your home. For more information, talk to a company like ComForcare Home Care - Bloomfield Hills, MI.