Senior Fall Prevention is Necessary for Seniors Living at Home

Posted by Kia Crawford on April 5th, 2012 in Body, Education | No Comments

According to the Florida Department of Health, the median cost of a non-fatal fall related hospitalization was $39,782 with an average stay of 4 days. Falls can be detrimental to the health of older adults and  extremely costly in the long run. Fall risk are important at Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta, Ga. We design our communities with the safety of our residents in mind.  We consider ergonomics when selecting the furniture for our communities. The needs of aging adults are taken into total consideration because a  fall can be the start of a slow decline. Although we know that many seniors prefer to live in the homes they’ve lived in for years, their home could be hazardous if proper precautions are not considered.

Why falls are dangerous for seniors

Older adults are at risk of falls that can lead to fractures and other trauma because of the weakening of bones and loss of muscle mass. A simple fall to a person living in Alpharetta, Ga. in their 20s and 30s is more complex for a senior living in Alpharetta Ga  in their 70s and 80s. A fall can lead to a slew of injuries such as broken bones that could compound other issues. Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Alpharetta, Ga. takes an  proactive approach with a fall risk assessments and necessitate prevention. However, if a person doesn’t reside in an assisted living community like Dogwood Forest, proper steps should be taken to ensure safety in the home.

Ways to lower fall risk  in the home of a senior adult

If you are or know someone that is an older adult,  here are a few ways to safe guard the home to minimize the risk for falls.

  • Remove obstructions in the home- Be sure to remove furniture out of pathways
  • Remove all floor rugs- Rugs are dangerous for older adults because due to changes in vision could easily trip and fall
  • Remove newspaper and magazines off the floor and stairs
  • Make sure stairs are in good repair
  • Remove all cords and extension cords from walking paths
  • Make sure guard rails are secure
  • Make sure all  lights are working properly and switches are at the bottom and top of stairs
  • Move things that are frequently used to lower shelves
  • Use tub mats in the bathtub and showers
  • Considering adding support rails in the tub area as well as the toilet area

See the CDC Fall Prevention booklet for more tips!