Posts Tagged ‘fall prevention’

Deck the Halls Right for Safer Holidays for Seniors

December 14th, 2017

Holidays for Seniors The holiday season presents a wonderful chance for you to visit with senior loved ones that you may not have been able to spend a lot of quality time with for a while. Additionally, it is a very good time to see to it that holidays for seniors are safe in addition to being joyful. Whether your older loved one is spending the season in your home or his or her own, taking into consideration these safety tips from our San Jose in home care experts can assure that everyone’s holiday is happy and bright.

Decorating:

In your senior loved one’s home, or your own if he or she will be visiting there:

  • Use very simple decorations that do not result in extra clutter. Always ensure that there is sufficient room to walk.
  • Always keep extension cords away from walking paths to prevent stumbling over them.
  • Instead of candles, use colorful centerpieces of flowers or fruit, or utilize battery-operated candles.

Lights:

While we often like to enjoy the colorful holiday lighting, keep these guidelines in mind when older adults are nearby:

  • Make certain that all areas of the home are sufficiently lit. Dim holiday lights can hide tripping hazards and make it difficult to see around household furnishings.
  • Put a nightlight in the bedroom and bathroom the senior will be using and make sure light switches are easily accessible.

Floor Safety:

With all of the holiday decorations, tripping risks can become a major problem for seniors during the holidays, so remember to:

  • Keep floors clutter-free.
  • Keep outside pathways clear.
  • Move furniture so people can freely move around it.
  • Place non-slip pads under rugs.
  • Keep rambunctious pets from running around while the older person is walking through the home.
  • Identify a special out-of-the-way location for children to play with their new toys while the senior is visiting.

It’s vital to recognize the special care needs of older individuals during the holidays in order to make their home, or visits to your home, fun and safe. If you’d like more information on home alterations to help make the holiday season safer for seniors, or any other in-home senior care needs, contact the Fremont and San Jose in home care experts at Visiting Angels. We can provide an in-home safety assessment to ensure the home is as safe as can be for your senior loved one, advise on adaptations, and provide a full range of care services. You can reach us any time through our online form or by calling 408-610-9996.

Exercises to Help Seniors Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

February 17th, 2015

Fall preventionAccording to the CDC, one out of three older adults falls each year, but less than half of those adults talk to their healthcare provider about it. When a senior experiences a fall, even if it does not result in injury, he can develop a fear of falling, which may cause the senior to limit his activities, leading to reduced mobility, loss of physical fitness, and in turn an increased risk of falling.

In our last blog, we discussed some home modifications you can make to ensure the home is a safer place for seniors. There are also a number of exercises that can help seniors increase muscle strength and improve balance which will not only help prevent falls, but also provide more confidence and overall improved health. Consult with your loved one’s physician before trying the following exercises:

  • Knee Lifts: Try to lift your knee as high as your hip using a secure object to assist in maintaining balance. As you grow stronger, decrease the tendency to lean on a support, and try holding the leg up for 3 seconds or longer.
  • Point and Flex: While sitting, point your toes and then flex them. Repeat with both feet.
  • Toe Tapping: While sitting, tap your toes. Repeat with both feet.
  • Sit-to-Stand: When necessary, use a chair for support when standing and again when returning to a sitting position. Try to gradually decrease use of your arms as your legs get stronger.
  • Calf Muscle Strengthener: While holding onto a wall, chair or the kitchen sink, repeatedly raise yourself up and down on tiptoes. As your strength improves, go higher up on your toes and eventually try it on one foot at a time.
  • Shin Muscle Strengthener: Lean your back against a wall with your heels placed seven to eight inches away from the wall. Lift the toes of both of your feet off the ground as high as possible.
  • One-legged Stand: Hold onto a secure object during balance training, such as a sturdy chair. Lift one leg off the ground and try to maintain balance on your standing leg.

A fall in the home can be a life-changing event for an older adult. Find out more about how to help an older loved one decrease his or her fall risk by contacting the home care experts at Visiting Angels of Sunnyvale and Fremont, CA.

Help Seniors Stay Safe at Home with Visiting Angels’ Tips to Prevent Trips

February 6th, 2015

Senior fall preventionTaking a tumble is never fun, but for an elderly person, a fall can have devastating effects, such as hip fracture, and even lead to a chain reaction of health problems. One-fourth of older adults who fracture a hip die within six months of the injury; a startling, yet preventable statistic.

Making some simple modifications to the home can help create a safer environment for seniors and help prevent dangerous falls. Here are some easy home modifications that can be done to reduce the risk of falls for the elderly.

  • Lighting:
    • Replace bulbs regularly to make sure there is adequate illumination in the home
    • Use nightlights or motion sensor lights for better visibility at night
    • Reduce the amount of electrical cords running across large areas
  • Floors:
    • Install low pile carpet or skid-proof tile
    • Remove rugs, or secure them with non-skid tape
    • Use a contrast in color with paint, carpet and furniture to denote changes in surface types or levels
    • Avoid using floor polish
  • Bathroom:
    • Install grab bars on walls around the tub and beside the toilet, strong enough to hold your weight
    • Add nonskid mats or strips to bathtubs
    • Mount liquid soap dispenser on the bathtub wall
    • Install a portable, hand-held shower head
    • Add a padded bath or shower seat

In addition to these home modifications, there are a number of products on the market that can help with preventing falls at home. Here are a few:

  • Door Alarms: If you have a loved one who tends to wander, particularly at night, door alarms can help alert you or a caregiver that your loved one is moving about and may be at risk of falling.
  • Monitoring Systems: Monitoring systems are becoming popular as a means of tracking an elderly individual’s movements at home. Sensors can be placed throughout the home to monitor movements and some even come with call functions for the senior to alert a caregiver in the event of a fall.
  • Fall Management Socks and Slippers: These are available with rubber grips on the bottom to help prevent slips and are perfect for seniors who are considered high-risk for falls. There are also slip resistant socks that can be worn in the shower.
  • Bedrails: Many falls occur during the night as seniors move in their sleep or get up during the night. Bedrails can keep seniors from falling out of bed and give them something to grip when standing to get out of bed.

With more and more older adults choosing to age in place as opposed to moving into assisted living facilities, it is important to make sure that the home is as safe as possible. The Sunnyvale and Fremont home care experts at Visiting Angels can help families assess fall risks in the home, make home modification suggestions, and provide the dedicated, loving care your loved one needs. Contact us today to learn more about our senior care services.