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.