How to Prevent In-Home Falls, Part 1

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Falling is one of the most dangerous hazards as we age. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9,500 deaths are caused every year by falls in older Americans. Falls can cause not only severe injuries, but also can cost you a lot of money in medical care and rehabilitative needs.

Angels on Call offers the best home health care services in New York. We employ the most compassionate and serving caregivers in order to help you with both medical and non-medical home health care services. In our blog post, we discussed some things that can contribute to falls in the senior population, as well as what can specifically help prevent those falls. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at general tips on how to prevent falls in your home. Contact us today to learn more about our best home health care services!

TIPS TO PREVENT FALLS AS YOU AGE

Improve Your Home’s Lighting

Our eyes need light in order to see, and the more light they take in, the easier it is for us to see and the more objects we can see as well. Thus, by upgrading the lighting in your home, you can truly help prevent falls from occurring. Common places to upgrade your lighting:

  • Adding in night lights in every room that you frequent
  • Add more lamps that are easy to reach, such as on your nightstand and a bookcase by where you sit in the living room
  • Consider adding in illuminated light switches
  • Install LED lights that shine brighter than incandescent light bulbs
  • Know where your flashlights and batteries are in case the power goes out. Also, have a lot of candles around as well in case the power goes out for an extended period of time
  • Always turn on the lights before you walk around
  • Ensure the pathway to your light switches are clear

Install More Handrails

Handrails are very valuable in your home. They steady you as you go up, especially if you are carrying something in one hand that could throw your off balance. Angels on Call in New York recommends that you install handrails on both sides of your stairwell and then use both as you walk up and down the stairs. Let’s face it, handrails are useless if you don’t use them, nor can they help you either if you don’t use them.

We also recommend that you install railings in your bathtub as well as next to your toilet. This will help you not fall when you get in and out of the shower as well as help you get up and down from the toilet.

Always Wear Shoes

As comfortable as it is to lay around on a cold winter’s day in front of the fire in cozy, fluffy socks, your compassionate caregivers at Angels on Call in New York do not recommend you do so (unless you’re not moving for a while!). Socks are just too easy to slip and fall in, both on carpet and on hardwood flooring. Instead, you can buy non-slip socks if you absolutely love the feel of walking around your home in socks. Another option to try are small shoes that you can slip on and off that have grips as well on the bottom to wear around your house.

CHOOSE ANGELS ON CALL AS YOUR IN-HOME CAREGIVER OF CHOICE

Angels on Call offers the best in-home health care services. We serve the beautiful counties of Bronx County, Dutchess County, Orange County, Putnam County, Rockland County, and Sullivan County, as well as Westchester and Ulster Counties. Our home health care services are designed for you to pick which ones you need and when you need them so that you can continue to live in comfort at your home. Reach out today!

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