Injuries are a leading cause of hospitalization for elderly people. These traumas are often caused by a fall. There are a number of inexpensive items available to help seniors avoid falls. Here, we will examine a few of these products.
The bathroom is a hot spot for injuries. It is often difficult to maneuver in and out of the shower/tubs and to transition to or from the toilet.
- Shower/tub bench – these benches give your loved one a stable place to sit in the shower or tub.
- Slip prevention – it is important to have a non-slip surface inside the shower or tub. This can easily be solved with a mat or non-slip stickers.
- Grab bars – these bars are often installed near the toilet or shower to provide something for the individual to grab onto for stability.
It is crucial that the floor remains free of clutter and debris. Furthermore, keep an eye on rugs or mats that become frayed or create a tripping hazard. Wires should be kept out of high-traffic areas around the living quarters. If your loved one uses any type of mobility assistance device like a cane, walker, wheelchair, or scooter, make sure the environment is suitable for that particular aid. For example, a walker may easily get caught on rugs, so you would need to remove them or guarantee that the rugs were not causing an issue.
Emergency call systems
One of the best ways to protect your loved one is to use an emergency call system. Many assisted-living communities provide these safety measures. If your loved one is in an independent living community or still resides in their own home, there are products available for individuals. Many of these devices are non intrusive wearable products that simply provide an extra level of safety.
Bed rails are a very easy way to ensure that a person does not fall out of bed. Special bed alarms are available to let caregivers know if a person falls out of bed or needs assistance. Bed railing also offers some leverage and stability when transferring in or out of the bed.
These are just a few easy ways you can protect your aging loved one from injury.