When it comes to reducing the risk of injury for your aging adult, there are some very practical steps you can take to keep her as safe as possible.
Rearrange Some Items.
Take a look at what your senior uses often and where she keeps those items. If they’re stored in places that are difficult to get to or that she has to climb to reach , she may be likely to injure herself when she tries to access them. Instead, consider moving those items to a location that is much easier for her to get to on her own.
Use Furniture with Arm Rests.
Furniture without armrests can be beautiful and comfortable, but it doesn’t help your elderly family member to brace herself when she’s ready to get up. Look for chairs, sofas, and other types of furniture that have sturdy arm rests that she can use easily. If your senior is really against changing her furniture, then assistive devices that help her to get up easily are another answer.
Pay Attention to Carpets and Cords.
Carpeting and cords are two of the bigger problems that your senior might face in terms of safety issues. It’s vital to keep cords from crossing rooms, hallways, and paths in your senior’s home. Carpeting that is loose or that has holes or other issues can easily trip your elderly family member as she’s walking. Rearrange cords to get them out of the way, but never cover them with anything as that’s a fire risk.
Consider an Exercise Routine.
You might not realize that regular exercise can be a safety device for your elderly family member. Make sure that her doctor okays any new exercise plan and then go ahead and get started. A well-balanced exercise plan can help your elderly family member to improve her balance and her strength, which can both keep her from causing herself serious injury.
Consider Enlisting Help when Mobility Is a Concern.
If mobility is a concern for your senior, then having someone available when you can’t be there is crucial. Senior care providers can help your elderly family member to stand, to move throughout her home, and to get anywhere else that she needs to go.
This isn’t a situation that you can handle once and then it’s done, unfortunately. You may find that you need to periodically make quite a few different types of changes as your senior’s health and needs change. Aim for quarterly checks so that you can get into a rhythm.