Fall Hazards in Your Home: How to Recognise and Avoid Them
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
In an ideal world, the elderly would live in one-storey houses, with no-rise entries, and completely free of stairs. Because we know that's not always an option, we've come up with this short guide that includes some of the most common causes of falls in the elderly, and suggestions for how you can quickly, easily and cost-efficiently minimise these risks.
You don't have to leave the home you've so lovingly built, move all of your furniture around, or start using only the ground floor of your house to implement these changes. Below is a list of some of the most common fall hazards in your home, followed by solutions for these problems, and suggestions for products that can help you turn these ideas into a reality in no time.
The Living Area
Many fall hazards are present in all areas of the home, including your living room, dining room, bedroom and hallways. These include loose rugs, clutter, messy extension cords, poor lighting, and even pets. If you've started noticing that your legs aren't as reliable as they used to be, or that you tend to bump into furniture more often than you'd like to admit, it's important to get rid of any tripping hazards on your floors, especially in narrow passages.
Falls occur more frequently in the bathroom than they do in any other area of the house. This is due to the wet, slippery surfaces, as well as tripping hazards, such as high bathtub or shower edges. Moreover, the toilet seat is often positioned too low; lowering onto the seat is usually not a problem, but when it's time to get back up, the legs can give out, causing a fall.
Lowering all the way to the bottom of the tub, however is not only uncomfortable, but often physically challenging as well. To solve this very common problem, we stock a broad range of Shower Seats in various dimensions, styles and designs.
As we age, our manual dexterity decreases, but the kitchen still needs to remain a place that brings you joy, not frustration. To avoid mindlessly digging for missing items, dropping plates and bumping into unpractical cupboards, it's important you take the steps to ensure easy access to all of the essential items in the pantry. This may include changing to an open shelving design, investing in glass cabinet doors for a clearer overview, or roll-out trays for easier access.
Outside the Home
Just as it is important to avoid falls inside, it's also important to stay safe outside. Cracked pathways and uneven surfaces present the biggest challenge you may face outside your house.
Make Sure You Can Always Call for Help If Needed!
If you live alone, it's essential to have a backup ready just in case something goes wrong. The AmpliDECT 295 SOS PRO Telephone comes complete with an SOS pendant, which can dial your emergency contact at the touch of a button. This simple device is also small enough to be carried around the home completely unnoticed, and always stay with you "just in case".