How Can You Help Prevent Falls for Your Elderly Loved One?
Elder Care in Glenview IL
When it comes to helping your loved one to avoid falling, you probably already know that clutter can be her enemy and that hand rails are a plus. But there are some other things that you can do also to help your elderly loved one avoid taking a tumble.
Make Carrying Things Easier
One big risk for a fall is if your loved one is trying to carry something and then loses her balance. This is an even bigger issue if she uses a walker or cane. Try adding a bag or basket to a walker in which your loved one can place items that she wants to take from room to room. You could also suggest an apron with large pockets for doing the same.
Use Assistive Devices
If your loved one doesn't already use a walker or a cane, perhaps it's time to start. Otherwise, you might want to try other assistive devices, such as reaching tools, so that your loved one doesn't stretch and put herself off balance. Talk to your loved one's doctor about other assistive devices that might help.
Help Your Loved One to Get up Slowly
When your loved one has been sitting or lying down for a period of time, it can be a dizzying experience to get up. Help her to get up slowly, particularly in the morning after having been in bed all night.
Keep More Items at Waist Level
Take stock of what your loved one uses often, from items on shelves in the pantry to appliances in the kitchen. If possible, move some of the more popular items so that they're stored at waist height. This helps to keep your loved one from stretching or reaching and losing her balance.
Don't Wax Floors
Wax can make floors look lovely, but it's definitely a safety hazard for someone who already isn't so steady on her feet. Forego the wax and find other ways to keep floors clean and pretty that aren't so slippery.
Encourage Your Loved One to Use Socks or Slippers with Non-slip Soles
Shoes, socks, and slippers that feature non-slip soles can help your loved one to keep her balance. In warmer weather, you might want to look for sandals that have non-slip bottoms. Always make sure that your loved one's shoes fit well without pinching her feet.
Talk to your loved one's doctor about other ways to help her avoid falling at home. Consider a home care provider to assist your senior loved one at home, improving their chances of avoiding a devastating fall.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Glenview, IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.
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