Companion Home Care: During the winter months, elderly people have an increased risk of falls.
There are many reasons for this including the ice, snow, and slush outside. The wet floors in the house raise the risk of falls for the elderly, too. The good news is there are many tips that can help to lower the risk of falls for your elderly loved one. Hiring companion home care can be a great idea to help prevent falls.
Keep the Entryway Floors Dry
Does your elderly loved one have a hardwood floor in the entryway of their house? If so, this is going to be a fall hazard during the winter months. This is the way that your elderly loved one and visitors come into the house. When they track in the slush and snow, it can leave wet spots on the floor. If your elderly loved one goes to leave their house, they could slip on those floors. You might want to hire 24-hour home care providers to help keep the entryway floors dry.
Unfortunately, there are many senior citizens that fall during the winter because they can’t stay steady on their feet. If your elderly loved one has balance issues, they may need a walker or cane to help them outside during the winter. Using the proper equipment can help to prevent falls. In addition to canes or walkers, it may be a good idea to put more durable handrails on your elderly loved one’s porch. This can help to prevent falls, as well.
Better Outdoor Lighting
Another way that you can help your elderly loved one to lower their risk of falls in the winter is to improve the lighting outside of their house. For instance, if your elderly loved one doesn’t have a porch light, they are much more likely to slip on ice than if they were able to see where they were stepping. If needed, you can have a 24-hour home care provider make sure the porch light is turned on whenever your elderly loved one is going to be outside.
There are far too many senior citizens who get hurt on the ice and snow during the winter months. You can do many things to help lower the risk of your elderly loved one falling this winter. The tips noted here today are a great start for helping with fall prevention for your elderly loved one. If needed, you can always have senior care providers keep an eye on and help your elderly loved one whenever they are going to be outside. These providers can also help to keep the floors dry in your elderly loved one’s house, so they don’t fall inside either.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Companion Home Care Forest Hills, NY, please contact the caring staff at Beacon Eldercare Inc. today. (718) 406-9500
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