Sep 23 Care Mission
Fall Prevention Awareness
Learn 3 ways to make a senior's home safer in recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day.
Your Care Mission:
In recognition of Fall Prevention Awareness Day, which falls annually on the first day of fall, evaluate a senior’s home for trip hazards or safety concerns. According to a survey*, 65% of adult children in the U.S. and an overwhelming 71% in Canada say their senior loved one has at least one home safety issue.
This week, discover common trip hazards and learn how areas of a home could be improved to help reduce the risk of falls.
3 Common Trip Hazards for Older Adults
Seniors who become unsteady or start to have balance problems could be tempted to grab on to a towel bar or shower curtain and put themselves at risk of falling.
How to Help: Install grab bars on the wall near the shower or tub.
- Dark Areas
Dark closets could not only be safety hazards, they could make dressing more difficult for seniors and increase the risk of tripping.
How to Help: Add lighting to closets and pantries.
Clutter throughout the house, especially in hallways, makes it difficult to maneuver and creates tripping hazards.
How to Help: Remove trip hazards like empty boxes or trash.
What are some of the biggest trip hazards you’ve seen?
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