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Home safety tips for seniors

Date Posted

11/05/2018

Category

Prevention

Family

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, which means cooking, putting up the Christmas tree and much more. These activities are a great way to spend time with family, but can also pose a threat to seniors who are at risk of falling.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the No. 1 cause of injury among Americans 65 or older. Yet seniors can take several easy steps to reduce their chance of falling and keep their home environment safe.

Here are a few of them:

  • Remove area rugs.
  • Tuck extension cords out of the way.
  • Watch for pets, as they can easily run underfoot.
  • Ensure sufficient lighting.
  • Use a walker or cane if balance is an issue.
  • Make sure seats are high enough to get in and out of easily. Adding a secure cushion can lessen the depth of the seat.
  • Rise slowly from sitting or lying down to avoid dizziness from a blood rush to the head.
  • Make sure the bathroom floor is clear of water.
  • For individuals at high fall risk, obtain a medical alert device, or carry a cell phone in a pocket.
  • Take medicine as prescribed.
  • Stay active to maintain muscle strength and a good sense of balance.
  • Eat nutritious meals and stay hydrated so the body has the energy and limberness it needs.
  • Spend time with friends and family to stay emotionally healthy.

Taking a look at home safety concerns such as these can help home continue to be a safe and comfortable place for seniors.

 

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