Falling is a common fear of the elderly and for good reason. If you haven’t already gone through your senior’s home in order to fall-proof it, these ideas can get you started. Most of these are tips that you can enact in an afternoon.
Move Electrical Cords
If there are any electrical cords that cross any hallways or common paths in your senior’s home, these need to be moved. Stretching cords across these pathways can trip your senior or otherwise cause her to lose her footing. This is especially a problem if your elderly family member walks with a shuffling gait.
Ruthlessly Remove Clutter
Even a little bit of clutter can be dangerous for your aging adult. Work with her to get rid of or to relocate anything that is a tripping hazard. If your senior is not willing to remove clutter, you might want to consider working with a professional organizer who can help you to reorganize.
Double Check Carpets
Carpeting is wonderful, but it can lift, slide, or roll. It can also develop holes or tears that can easily catch at your senior’s feet. Check carpets regularly for any of these issues and correct them as soon as you find them. If your elderly family member has old carpeting, you might want to have a professional assess the carpet for potential problems.
Use Non-slip Rugs and Mats
In bathrooms, hallways, and other areas in which there is hard flooring and your senior has throw rugs, make sure that they have non-slip backings. You may also want to consider using carpet tape to secure the rugs to the floor.
Install Hand Rails
Hand rails are typically standard in stairways, but you can also put them in hallways, bathrooms, and any other room in which they would be helpful. If you’re installing the hand rails yourself, make sure that they’re securely anchored into wall studs so that they can handle anything your senior might encounter.
If you’re still unsure about what else might create a tripping hazard for your aging adult, consider hiring homecare providers. They can help you to spot hazards you might not have otherwise noticed.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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