The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can often result in increased fall-related injuries, as decorating dangers, cluttered spaces, and rearranged furniture can increase fall risk. Among older adults, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence, and injury deaths, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Decorating dangers. Leaning, reaching, climbing, bending, and lifting are common factors that may lead to increased fall risk, especially among seniors who struggle with balance or slow reflexes.
Cluttered spaces. Navigating through a cluttered home is common during the holiday season, as decorations, presents, and luggage tend to crowd walkways and living areas. In order to combat cluttered spaces, ensure that you maintain clear pathways to minimize fall risk.
Rearranged furniture. In order to make space for holiday décor – such as a Christmas tree – people often rearrange furniture, which can cause confusion or danger for seniors or individuals with vision problems.
The average hospital cost for a fall-related injury is over $30,000, according to the National Council on Aging. Falls, with or without injury, carry a heavy burden on quality of life. After a fall, many older adults develop a fear of falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. If your senior parent struggles with balance, reduced muscle strength, poor vision, or medication side effects, they may be at risk for enduring a fall. Help your senior parent avoid falling and build confidence in their mobility this holiday season by following these tips:
- Encourage your aging parent to use a cane or walker
- Prevent slips by purchasing your senior parent rubber-soled shoes and non-skid socks
- Encourage your senior parent to walk on grass when sidewalks are slick
- Place salt or cat litter on icy sidewalks
- Keep rooms free of clutter, especially on floors
- Use plastic or carpet runners on slippery floors and walkways (make sure plastic and carpets have skid-proof backs or are tacked to the floor)
- Ensure that the home is well-lit with ample lighting
- Put grab bars on bathroom walls near the tub, shower, and toilet
- Use a non-skid bath mat in the shower or tub
- Place a flashlight next to your senior parent’s bed
If you’re unable to regularly check in on your aging parent and you fear that your senior parent is at risk for a fall injury in their own home this holiday season, call SYNERGY Homecare Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills. Our in-home caregivers can help reduce your senior parent’s fall risk by ensuring that your aging parent lives in a safe home environment. SYNERGY Homecare Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in-home caregivers can assist your senior parent with decorating, cleaning, organizing, and de-cluttering their home. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can also help your senior parent stay independent and reduce the risk of falling by encouraging light exercise, helping them connect with their doctor to review their medications, and assisting them with the coordination of installing shower and bathtub grab bars and stairway railings.
Additionally, SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in-home caregivers can help your parent bathe and shower safely and provide full assistance with restroom use, all with the utmost respect, professionalism, and sensitivity to privacy. Call SYNERGY HomeCare Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills to help your senior parent avoid the risk of moderate-to-severe falls this holiday season.
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