Solution Name: Living Safely Plan
Remove tripping hazards such as clutter, small pieces of furniture, cords, rugs, and frayed carpet or tape down potential hazards
Provide enough walking space in all areas by re-arranging furniture
Ensure all areas of the home can be well lit
Exercise and physical therapy to improve balance and strength
Wear non-slip footwear on smooth surfaces and always clean up spills as soon as they happen
Always use a cane or walker rather than holding onto furniture or walls
Make bathrooms safe by installing stability bars in showers and near toilets, and by placing rubber mats in showers and on bathroom floors
Consider the use of a special alarm as a bracelet or necklace to alert medical services in the event of an emergency, especially if falls have happened before
Creating a Safe Living Environment In the General Living Area:
Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor.
Remove or tack down moveable rugs.
Ensure all stair rails are sturdy.
Remove electrical cords from walking areas.
Avoid applying slippery wax to surfaces.
Use a properly fitting walking aid.
Never stand on a ladder or chair.
Improve Strength and Balance to Reduce Fall Risk
Following a regular physical activity program can reduce an older adult’s chances of falling, even when done as little as three times per week. However, simply walking is not enough. While brisk walking is good cardio exercise, exercising specifically to improve strength and balance is important for reducing falls for older adults. (Source CDC)
Getting in and out of the bathtub or shower, using the toilet – A shower chair, handrails, a handheld shower head, or if necessary, a Personal Care Assistant, can help with this function. Install a higher toilet seat and a handrail – all of which can reduce the risk of falls
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