At Park Street Senior Living, we do our best to provide the most comfortable environment for our residents to live out their golden years, but our #1 priority always has and always will be our senior citizens’ safety.
September 23rd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day, and to help raise awareness on this issue affecting seniors, here are just a few ways that you can decrease your risk of falling and injuring yourself in your home.
Examine Your Flooring
Whether it’s that luxurious Persian rug you cherish or your home’s comfortable carpeting, having a loose piece of fabric on your floor can put you at risk of slipping, tripping, and falling. To avoid this risk, be sure to go through your home with a friend or family member and check for any fabrics that are not secured properly. A bit of glue may seem like a pain, but it can potentially save your life.
Stay Physically Active
Staying physically active and flexible is one of the key ways that seniors can stay safe and avoid falls in their homes. Not only do water aerobics, jogging, and dancing help improve your balance and agility, but they can also improve your cardiovascular health, mental health, and general enjoyment of life.
Secure All Stairwells with Railings
This may seem like the most obvious piece of advice when securing your home, but the research is clear that having a railing or handles alongside your staircase can radically reduce your risk of slipping and falling. Railings and handles don’t just have to be for stairs, though. They can also be useful for preventing dangerous falls in the kitchen or in the bathroom.
Choose Your Footwear Wisely
Fuzzy slippers and loafers may be the coziest option for your feet when the weather starts to cool, but these leisurely footwear options can actually be seriously dangerous when walking around the home. The bulkier and more unstable the footwear, the more likely it is to get caught on hazards, so be sure to wear tight and flat shoes during your day-time adventures.
Lighten Up Your Living Spaces
If you’re heading down the stairs into your dark basement or the main floor at night, you may not be able to see any objects or hazards in your way. This will significantly increase your risk of falling and injury. Whether it’s keeping certain lights on at all times or pulling the curtains back to let in more natural light, keeping your house well-lit can help you better maintain your safety.
As we grow older, our bodies become more susceptible to risks and dangers within our very homes, but these concerns can be mitigated by taking careful action to make your home as safe and accessible as possible. If you or a loved one are looking for a care home where your risks of falling are even less common, give our compassionate staff a call today at (434) 964-3897 or visit us online and see for yourself how open and inviting our cozy suites can be.