It can be the scariest thing in the world to watch a loved one fall right before your eyes. Especially, if you don’t know what to do or how to safely pick them up.
Unfortunately, falling is a serious thing for seniors. Falls can often lead to severe long-term consequences, including reduce or loss of independence, physical and emotional injury, and other more traumatic falls.
But fear not- if you know what to do, you can help that loved one right back up!
In fact, you can even take steps to keep them steady on their feet so they don’t fall at all.
Just keep learning and stay positive.
Here are 5 easy ways to help reduce fall risk:
- Keep the shower safe.
The shower can be the trickiest place for seniors because of its wet and slippery nature. Luckily, with a few additions, it’s easy to combat. Get non-slip stickers, coatings, or mats to cover the floor of the shower. You can even put a non-slip mat outside the shower. This way when water drips on the bathroom floor, you’re senior will still be protected. Also, install shower seats and secure handrails to make the shower a safer, more comfortable location for your senior.
- Keep it lit
Always make sure the lights are on and the bulbs are bright. This is a simple preventative way to keep your senior from falling. If the path is well lit, your senior will be less likely to miss a step and slip.
- Clear the floors
Try to keep the floors clear of all items. This means picking up the clutter, and not leaving random items in the middle of the hallway. Particularly beware of small objects. It’s all too easy to drop shoes, purses, and packages on the floor, with intentions of picking it all up later. But that can be extremely dangerous for a senior. Seniors don’t always notice what’s on the floor, and they can’t always see what’s on the floor. Maintain clean and clear floors to keep your senior from tripping and falling.
- Get your loved ones moving
Though it may seem counterintuitive, it’s important to keep your senior active. That means exercise and walking! All too often, seniors stop walking simply because it’s easier. But the lack of physical movement can harm them even more. Our bodies are meant to be used, and if they’re not being worked, they start to deteriorate. One of the best things you can do for your senior is taking them on walks to keep them healthy.
Of course, every senior’s physical conditions vary so it’s important to consult with your doctor first.
- Don’t skimp on the footwear
You want to be sure your senior is wearing comfortable and sturdy shoes that properly support their arches and ankles. The wrong shoes can send them flying, but the right shoes will keep them safely on the ground. Check the fit, material, and padding to make sure that your senior is wearing shoes that will keep them grounded.