Senior Fall Prevention and Making your Home Safe

Do you remember the first time you fell off a bike and skinned your knee? How about the time when you fell out of a tree house or off a swing and broke an arm or leg? These common bumps and bruises probably didn’t change your life dramatically. But now, a fall of any kind could be detrimental to your health.

As we get older, our bones become more susceptible to fractures, so it’s imperative to take extra precautions to avoid even the smallest of falls. SeniorHousingTranstions.com offers suggestions on how to lower your chances of falling, including:

  1.  Finding an exercise program that you enjoy. Many Capital Senior Living communities across the country offer wellness, walking, balance and exercise classes and plenty of recreation programming to keep you strong and improve muscle tone. 
  2. Learning about the side effects of any medications you are on. Professional and courteous staff members at some of our Capital Senior Living communities can assist in medication management and help you watch to see if medicines are affecting your coordination or balance. If you notice that they are, you are encouraged to talk with your caregiver, pharmacist and doctor.
  3. Keeping your apartment at a consistent temperature. If your place gets too cold or hot, it can make you dizzy -- which then could lead to a fall. Most apartments in Capital Senior Living communities offer individual climate controls so residents can adjust their temperatures as they choose. And, as a side benefit, many communities also pick up the tab on utility costs, so it’s possible to keep the room at your desired temperature. SeniorHousingTransitions.com suggests keeping a nighttime temperature at 65 degrees or warmer in the winter.
  4. Holding handrails when using stairs or taking a shower.  One of the most-sought safety features in senior living homes today is assist rails in a bathroom. We at Capital Senior Living are proud to offer this extra peace of mind in our communities.
  5. Buying or subscribing to a home monitoring system. This won’t prevent a fall, but in case there is one, residents have a button on a chain around their neck that they can push to alert someone. Some of our communities do offer this service, but you’ll have to check the list of apartment amenities for each one.

There are also several things you can do around your apartment to lessen the risk of falling. The National Institute on Aging suggests going room by room in your apartment.

  1. Bathrooms: As mentioned earlier, the safety assist railings we install in bathrooms are a way to help prevent falls in these rooms. Also, the institute says to place non-skid mats or carpets on all surfaces that might get wet.
  2. Bedrooms: Keep a night light on in case you get up, and make sure a telephone is near the bed.
  3. Living areas: Tack down all carpets and area rugs firmly to the floor. Many of the apartments in our senior living communities have wall-to-wall carpeting and onsite maintenance personnel, so if the carpet in your apartment were to come up, we will be onsite immediately to fix it.

According to SeniorHousingTransitions.com, falls and accidents seldom “just happen.” So the more you take care of your overall health and well-being, the more likely you’ll be to lower your chances of falling.

Source – SeniorHousingTransitions.com and nia.nih.gov