Hillendale Home Care’s Anti-Tumble Tips for Senior Homes

senior fall preventionWe don’t often think of the rug in the living room or the cord for the lamp as a hazard, but for older adults with limited mobility, small things like these can cause potentially dangerous falls. More than 90 percent of hip fractures occur as a result of falls in the home, with most of these fractures occurring in persons over 70 years of age.

Making some simple home modifications can help create a safer environment for seniors and help prevent dangerous falls. Here are some easy home modifications that can be done to reduce the risk of falls for the elderly.

  • Lighting:
    • Replace bulbs regularly to make sure there is adequate illumination in the home
    • Use nightlights or motion sensor lights for better visibility at night
    • Reduce the amount of electrical cords running across large areas
  • Floors:
    • Install low pile carpet or skid-proof tile
    • Remove rugs, or secure them with non-skid tape
    • Use a contrast in color with paint, carpet and furniture to denote changes in surface types or levels
    • Avoid using floor polish
  • Bathroom:
    • Install grab bars on walls around the tub and beside the toilet, strong enough to hold your weight
    • Add nonskid mats or strips to bathtubs
    • Mount liquid soap dispenser on the bathtub wall
    • Install a portable, hand-held shower head
    • Add a padded bath or shower seat

For more information on how to make a home safer for older adults, click here.

The senior care experts at Hillendale Home Care offer free in-home assessments to help create a safer environment for aging in place. If you have a loved one who could benefit from caregiving services in Concord CA and the surrounding area, contact the caregivers at Hillendale Home Care. We help seniors and their families with a wide variety of home care services.