SYNERGY HomeCare

2760 E. Spring Street
Suite 204 Long Beach CA 90806

562-426-9100

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Proudly Serving

  • Seal Beach
  • Signal Hill
  • Lakewood
  • and Long Beach including Belmont Shore
  • Naples
  • and Bixby Knolls

Creating a Safe Environment for Long Beach Seniors



Creating a safe environment for seniors is a necessary step in the prevention of falls. More than 11 million people over the age of 65 fall every year-that's 1 of every 3 senior citizens.  Falls can be a serious problem-they are a major cause of injury, restricted mobility, and loss of independence.

The good news is that many falls can be prevented.  Fall prevention programs start by taking a quick look around the house and addressing potential hazards.  Below is a list of suggestions for fall prevention and for creating a safer home environment:
 

Bathroom

  • Grab bars to get into and out of the tub.
  • Use a bath chair or stool in the shower.
  • Don't use throw rugs or wax on the bathroom floor.
  • Use a raised toilet seat with arm rails.
  • Buy soap on a rope, or put a bar of soap in a nylon stocking with one end tied to a towel bar.

Bedroom

  • Never get up in the dark-make sure the room is well lit.
  • Keep light switch close to bed-Use a Fall Prevention Light-Touch Dimmer.
  • Avoid slippery socks or slippers.
  • Consider using a Bed Transfer Handle or Bed Security Rail.
  • Hide all loose extension cords.
  • Consider using a medical alarm.
  • Use carpets and rugs with skidproof backing for tacked to the floor.

Kitchen

·         Use a long-handled sponge/mop to wipe up spills.

·          Keep your floors smooth but not slippery.

·          Store your often-used supplies in easy to reach cabinets.

·          Avoid hard to reach wall phones, consider a cordless phone that can be carried from room to room.

 

Around  the House

 

·          Stairwells should be well lit; consider nightlights for hallways   and bathrooms.

·          Wear low-heeled, comfortable shoes with nonskid soles.

·          Keep rooms and hallways free of clutter.

·          Make sure carpets, including those on stairs, have skidproof    backing or are tacked to the floor.

 



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