As our loved ones age increases, so does their risk for falling in their home.  At Vital-Link we feel very strongly about the benefit of a medical alert system, but there are many other smaller things that can be done to help mitigate the risk of falls.  Here are some tips.

 

  • Bathroom is key.  Over 75% of accidents happen in the bathroom.
  • Set thermostat to no higher than 120 degrees to avoid scalding in the shower.
  • If getting out of the shower/bath is increasingly difficult look into a specialized shower chair in addition to safety rails.
  • Consider a stair lift as the stairs are another frequent location for falls to occur.
  • Get rid of dangerous rugs, or at least be sure that they are nailed down.
  • Be sure to equip all floors of the living arrangement with a smoke detector
  • Safely tuck away all cords for devices such as telephones, cable, and modems.
  • Have sturdy rails installed, these could help your loved one get up after a fall.
  • If something spills be sure to clean it up immediately.  Slippery = dangerous.
  • Make sure all rooms are well lit, preferably with multiple switches.
  • Use door locks that can lock from both side.
  • Be sure to have a cane and/or a walker and use that at all times when getting around the house.
  • Take the proper precautions in the event of a fire.
  • Make sure any heaters or space heaters are at least 3 feet away from anything that can catch on fire.
  • If you are a smoker, do not smoke in bed,
  • If any of your appliances have frayed or worn out cords, replace the appliance.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing when you are cooking,
  • Do not rush to the phone.  Many falls occur when you are rushing to do something.
  • Ask your doctor if there is an exercise regimen that will aid in fall prevention

 

Should you have any more questions about Medical Alert Systems give us a call at 1-800-338-4825. 


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