How important is at-home fall prevention? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of four seniors falls each year in the U.S.; it’s the leading cause of injury and injury death for their age group. 

Other facts from the CDC concerning falls for seniors that their loved ones need to be aware of are:

  • About 36 million older adults fall every year, resulting in over 32,000 deaths
  • Every year, nearly 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered from a fall
  • One out of every 5 falls causes an injury, such as a head injury or broken bones
  • Each year at least 300,000 seniors are hospitalized for hip fractures, of which 95% are caused by falling, usually sideways

If you have a senior loved one living at home, these numbers are cause for concern. However, the good news is that you can take some simple steps today to help prevent at-home falls.

9 Tips for At-Home Fall Prevention

Here are a few simple home improvements you can make which will help keep your senior safe from dangerous falls:

  1. Clean up clutter. This is the easiest method for preventing falls. Remove anything they can stumble over, like stacks of old magazines and books, especially from hallways and staircases.
  2. Remove tripping hazards. Examine every hallway and room, looking for things like slippery throw rugs, loose carpet, furniture, like ottomans, in the path where they walk, or electrical cords they can trip over. Then, repair, remove, or replace any of these hazards.
  3. Avoid loose clothing. Baggy clothes are very comfortable, but they increase the risk of falls. Instead, choose better-fitting clothes that are properly hemmed. It shouldn’t drag on the ground or bunch up.
  4. Install grab bars and handrails. These devices are crucial for bathroom safety, especially stepping in and out of the tub and getting on and off the toilet.
  5. Have adequate lighting. Poor lighting is another fixable hazard. Bulbs should be bright, particularly in narrow hallways and stairways. Night lights in bathrooms and bedrooms also provide safe guidance at night.
  6. Wear shoes. Taking their shoes off and wearing socks is more comfortable for seniors, but it increases the risk of slipping. Instead, have your loved one keep their shoes on or purchase non-slip socks that have grips on the soles.
  7. Make it non-slip. Showers and bathtubs, and floors in bathrooms and kitchens can become very dangerous when they become wet. Having non-slip mats in these areas can prevent falls.
  8. Live on one level. Even though there may be handrails, stairs are a significant falling hazard. If possible, have your loved one live on one level or try to limit trips up and down stairs.
  9. Move slowly. Many seniors fall at home by becoming dizzy after standing up from a lying or sitting position. Have them take a short pause when standing up to prevent one of those sideways falls that so often fracture hips.

Epsilon Home Based Quality Care Can Help

Our caregivers at Epsilon Home Based Quality Care are trained to be safety-conscious. They’re experienced in caring for individuals with mobility difficulties, disabilities, or injuries.

You can trust us to provide care with the utmost kindness and compassion as we help your loved one age in the place where they should feel the safest – at home.

Contact us today and schedule your FREE Home Care Consultation with us. We’ll thoroughly assess the needs of your loved one and design a care plan that will help them enjoy the quality of life they deserve.