Falls can happen any time and place, but they are more common in one’s own home. Complications caused by broken hips can range from minor to severe and even death. According to CDC.gov, one out of three elderly adults falls each year. Queen City Care is here to share some common risk factors that help prevent slips and falls in the home.
Mind Your Pets
A dog can be an elderly person’s best friend. But their accessories and toys can be hazardous. Make sure all of the bowls and toys are safely tucked away.
Are Your Eyes Up-to-Date
Our vision degrades as we age and sometimes the change is drastic. Having a current lens prescription can help to ensure you will see objects that may cause a fall.
Read the Label
Carefully reading the labels on your medications is important. Some medications can cause dizziness which increases the risk of falling. Be aware and don’t be afraid to ask for help when taking medications.
Open the blinds during the day and turn on the lights at night. Having a nightlight is a great idea if you need to get up in the middle of the night. The brighter the home, the less likely you are to trip on something in a dimmed room.
Remember: guard rails, bath mats and slip guards on rugs are your best friends.
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