How to Keep Elderly Safety from Falling Accidents

Timely medical attention saves lives. A senior citizen, therefore, who suffers a fall may end up attaining greater damage, financially and health-wise, if a carer fails to assist her soon after a fall.

Common risk factors for senior falls include their fall history, age, living conditions, medications, slippery surfaces and home layout. In order to keep an elderly loved one safe from falling accidents, be vigilant about these factors and eliminate as many risks as possible.
Safety precautions include adding bathroom mats, installing grab bars and raised toilet seats, using assistive devices, and improving lighting. To minimize even more risks, the elderly individual and the caretaker should consider moving the former’s sleeping quarters downstairs, if his room is located on a higher floor, to eliminate having to go up and down the stairs.
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