Usually, its not a case of if your elderly parent will fall but when. Studies have shown that 69% of elderly over the age of 70 will fall. Unfortunately usually if a fall happens with a senior in their home it wont occur in a convenient place for him/her to get help, like beside a telephone. Most falls happen in or around the bathroom or stairway. If the senior is alone when this fall happens, with nobody around to help, the situation could become dire. This is why its critical to plan for such an event, to ensure your loved one is safe.
There are many steps you can take to help prevent your elderly parents from falling. Regular exercise is critical to increase strength and mobility. Exercise is one of the most important steps you can take to actually reduce falls.
Decreasing fall risks in the home like removing small rugs, using non-slip mats in the bathtub, improving lighting and removing any items someone may trip over can help prevent falls. You may also want to install grab bars next to the toilet and the bathtub.
You want to be careful with your loved ones medication to ensure side effects wont help cause a fall. Its important to check drugs that have side effects that can cause drowsiness. These can increase risks of falls inside the home.
Checking your loved ones vision regularly is also critical. Loss of vision can greatly increase the risks of falls.
And finally, purchasing a medical alert system for the home can be a final safety measure that can save their life. If your elderly parents fall inside the home, all they would need to do is press a help button and help would be on the way. A personal emergency response system is what every senior needs.