Your loved one has just finished rehab after suffering a fall. Things are fine now, right? No not so fast, have you considered taking steps for fall prevention?
Statistics show that seniors who have already had a fall are at twice or even triple the risk of falling again.
This is really bad news, because falling can have incredibly serious outcomes for older adults. Among individuals who are 65 years and older, falls are a leading cause of broken hips, fatal injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries.
Just as bad, many seniors who experience falls develop an increased fear of falling, which can negatively impact their quality of life and prevent them from engaging in everyday tasks.
It doesn’t have to be this way though. You can engage in fall prevention at home in a variety of ways, including:
Of course, one of the most helpful things that you can do is help make house modifications for elderly that improve their safety. Many of these updates are cost-effective and can be done relatively quickly.
Home Modifications That Can Help Seniors Safely Live at Home after a Fall
On the floor
Along the stairways
In the bedroom
In the bathroom – fall prevention is most important
In all rooms
Outside the home
With the help of Live in Place Designs, these modifications can often be addressed before the senior leaves the hospital. A Live in Place Design Plan© will enable your loved one to return to a safer home with the resources they need and give everyone greater peace of mind.
The founder of Live in Place Designs LLC, Lori Bellport is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), a Senior Home Safety Specialist, and a Certified Senior Advisor. Lori and her team believe that, regardless of the limiting health conditions one may face, there is no need to lose contact with life, spontaneity, or the ability to self-renew and enjoy life.
Author: Lori Bellport