When CT home health care workers are treating a patient who is recovering in their home, falls are a major concern. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older patients. Below are 12 tips you can take to prevent a loved one’s fall at home.
- Reduce the obstacles. Relocate rugs, furnishings, etc. from high traffic areas.
- Install grip bars in showers, bath tubs, toilets, and beds.
- Non-slip pads in tubs, showers, and outside of tubs/showers to reduce the possibility of slipping.
- Get stabilizing devices like walkers and canes.
- Slippery and icy walkways and stairs can be treated with ice melt.
- If renovating your home, consider putting features in place that are fall-prevention upgrades.
- Go up and down the stairs less.
- Wear footwear that is safe for traveling up stairs.
- Slip-resistant tape can be used as stair treads.
- Sit in chairs with armrests.
- Watch for pets and children.
- Consider an emergency monitoring system.
Take time to look at your loved one’s living environment and make adjustments to keep them safe. The CT home health care workers at Masters In Home Care are your partner in caring for your loved one.