Older individuals suffer from changes in gait, balance, strength, vision, hearing, and cognition—all of which increase their risk for injury during daily tasks. According to the National Institute on Aging, more than 1.6 million older individuals visit the emergency room each year for a fall-related injury. Continue reading for tips on how to stay safe throughout your home.
Consider using decals on the floor of your tub or shower as well as investing in non-skid bath mats to help reduce your risk of falls. It is also a good idea to install grab bars on the wall in the tub or shower to help make moving easier. Raised toilet seats and toilet safety rails are also a great option for older individuals with hip, knee, or balance problems.
Slips, falls, and other injuries can also occur while working in the kitchen. Here are some tips for making your kitchen safer:
- Keep stoves in proper working order and make sure burners are off before going to bed or leaving the house
- Ensure that kitchen ventilation systems and range exhausts work properly
- Keep flammable objects away from cooking areas
- Move cords and appliances way from hot surfaces and water sources
- Keep a mop handy to clean up spills instantly and avoid slips
Use a nightlight in your bedroom, as this will make obstacles easier to see in a low-light setting. Make sure the area around your bed is clear and free of obstacles. It is also a good idea to keep a phone next to your bed that is programmed to dial 911 at the push of a button in case of injury or an emergency situation.
Whether you’ve suffered from a slip and fall, broken bone, or a stroke, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here to help. Give our urgent care facility a call at (702) 880-2100 to learn more about our geriatric psych care or to contact an orthopedic surgeon.