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    How to Avoid Falls

    When it comes to senior safety in the home, preventing falls is crucial. The team at AllCare Living Services, a provider of senior care in Summerville, SC and surrounding communities, offer the following important steps to take in order to avoid falls in the home:

    • Paint the edges of outdoor steps a light color.
    • Mark steps that are especially narrow or are higher or lower than the rest.
    • Paint outside stairs with a mixture of sand and paint for traction.
    • Keep outdoor walkways clear and well-lit.
    • Add grab bars in shower, tub and toilet area.
    • Use nonslip adhesive in shower or tub.
    • Have your hearing and eyesight tested. Inner ear problems can affect your balance. Vision problems can make it difficult to see potential hazards.
    • Inside your home, remove clutter.
    • Keep telephone and electrical cords out of pathways.
    • Tack rugs and glue vinyl flooring so they lie flat.
    • Remove or replace rugs or runners that tend to slip or attach nonslip backing.
    • Do not stand on a chair to reach things.
    • Exercise regularly to improve muscle flexibility, strength and balance. Talk to your healthcare professional about an exercise program that is right for you.
    • If you feel dizzy or light-headed, sit down or stay seated until your head clears. Stand up slowly to avoid unsteadiness.
    • Store frequently used objects where you can reach them easily.
    • Have a lamp or light switch that can easily be reached without getting out of bed.
    • Use night lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
    • Keep a flashlight handy.
    • Have light switches at both ends of stairs and halls.
    • Install handrails on both sides of stairs.
    • Consider using an emergency call pendant like Guardian Alert or Freedom Alert.
    • Consider sitting on a bench or stool in the shower.
    • Consider using an elevated toilet seat.
    • Use canes & walkers as directed by your health care provider.
    • Wear nonslip, low heeled shoes or slippers that fit snugly.
    • Avoid walking around in stocking feet.
    • Review medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Some drugs, including over the counter drugs, can make you drowsy, dizzy or unsteady.

    These home modifications and lifestyle changes are key to helping keep seniors safe and happy at home. Additionally, an in-home caregiver can help seniors move safely around their homes and prevent falls as well. AllCare Living Services’ experts in senior care in Summerville, SC and nearby areas are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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