Home Care in Stamford, CT
Falls are one of the leading causes of severe injury among elderly adults, contributing to tens of thousands of trips to the emergency room each year. For many of these seniors, one serious fall can lead to injuries that dramatically reduce their quality of life and contribute to further problems that can negatively impact the rest of their lives. This makes preventing falls one of the most important focuses of your home care journey with your loved ones.
Focusing on fall prevention becomes even more pressing during the late fall and winter seasons when weather conditions and other factors make falls more common. Understanding the risks and taking steps to protect your elderly loved ones, as well as yourself and their in home health care services provider, from the potential devastation of a serious fall.
Use these tips, and share them with your parents' in home health care services provider, to help prevent falls during winter weather:
• Make sure handrails are sturdy. Handrails are your front line of defense when it comes to preventing falls on outdoor steps. Before the first bout of serious winter weather, make sure you check all of the handrails on porches, ramps, and steps outside the home to ensure that they are sturdy and can withstand the weight of someone who has lost his balance. There should be handrails on both sides of steps and all around porches to make sure that whoever is using them can use them to balance or steady himself.
• Have a doormat. Welcome mats are not just to make your front porch look cute and your guests feel comfortable. They can also help you to stay safer when conditions outside are wet. Whether it is icy, snowy, or rainy, a doormat lets you wipe your feet before stepping into the home to prevent slipperiness that can lead to a fall on slick floor surfaces such as linoleum, tile, or polished wood. For maximum effect, look for mats made of tightly pack coarse natural fibers that absorb liquid and remove debris from the bottoms of shoes. Place another mat made of softer material right inside the home to further dry the shoes.
• Treat the ground. As soon as you find out that there is a risk of ice or snow, treat the ground outside of your parents' home with a material that will keep the hard surfaces from icing over. This helps to prevent dangerously slick situations and can give everyone more stability, whether it is your parents walking independently or a home care provider helping them along. Check with the appropriate groups in your area to determine what type of treatment is correct and legal for your specific needs.
• Take your time. One of the easiest ways to fall during winter weather conditions is rushing. Whether it is because you are too cold and want to get inside or you are busy and trying to get to the next place on time, if you are hurrying you are more likely not to pay attention and hit a slick patch. Hurrying also means you are less capable of correcting yourself and preventing a fall if you do lose your balance. Take your time, walk carefully, and pay attention to where you are going at all times.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in New Canaan, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.