Jan 12, 2017 by Lezlie Snoozy-Kaitfors
Often times, senior falls occur at night and lead to hip fractures as well as other serious injuries. In order to reduce your senior’s risk of falling and injuring themselves at night, our homecare providers created this handy list of nighttime fall prevention tips. By following these tips, your older adult will live a safer, less risky life at home.
Regular Health Checkups
Caregivers encourage older adults to visit their doctor on a regular basis to ensure that there are no new health problems or conditions that have developed. In addition, they should make regular eye exams a priority so that they can be cared for in the event that their eyesight has deteriorated. Homecare aides can help your senior take proper action in order to improve any problem or condition that may lead to a fall down the road.
It’s essential for a senior’s home to be well-lit, especially at night. A nightlight in the bedroom as well as a nightlight in the bathroom, kitchen, and other rooms of the house can make it easier for older adults to see if they have to use the bathroom or get a drink of water in the middle of the night.
One of the most common causes of senior falls at night is clutter. A homecare aide can walk through your senior’s home and make recommendations to help them reduce the amount of clutter in their home. Some of these recommendations may include getting rid of old stacks of mail or newspapers and cleaning messes as they happen rather than allowing them to accumulate.
Grab Bar and Railing Installation
Installing grab bars and sturdy railings is another effective way for older adults to lower their chances of falling at night. If your senior lives in a home with stairs, railings will make it easier for them to navigate between different floors.
A Rapid City home care provider can help your senior loved one follow these tips to prevent falls and stay safe at night.