They say more than a third of all car accidents happen between one and five miles of home, because drivers get complacent and relaxed driving through their same familiar neighborhood.
Similarly, most slip-and-fall accidents among seniors happen close to home – 70 percent within mere yards of their front door – often because of complacency and comfort. And the risks of these types of accidents are all too real for elders. The general result of a slip and fall accident is a fracture and at worst, brain trauma or injury.
The good news is that even though this may seem scary and disconcerting, says slips and falls can be prevented. The dedicated and compassionate home health care professionals at 24/7 Nursing Care, Inc, recommend that seniors consider following these five easy tips :
Tip #1 – Constant Vigilance: Being aware of not only your environment but how you are feeling is very important in avoiding an unnecessary slip and fall. Pay attention to objects around you that may cause an issue, such as wet floors, perhaps the hose being left uncoiled, or even a paving stone that’s in your path.
In addition, the way you feel is also something to remain alert to. If you’re feeling light headed, weak at the knees, or otherwise, take a seat and rest. Pushing yourself to complete that gardening project or finish the dishes isn’t worth your getting injured.
Tip #2 – Take Your Time: Dashing about can mean that you’re failing to take your surroundings into account (as per tip number one), which could lead to an accident. Furthermore, folks of all ages make careless and harmful mistakes when moving too quickly such as twisting an ankle or even popping a knee joint out. There’s no need for excessive rushing. Where’s the fire? Take your time and make it to your destination safely.
Tip #3 – Balancing Act: Sometimes the best offense is a good defense! Improving your overall balance by engaging in activities that test and strengthen your balance can be quite useful. Taking some classes in yoga or tai chi help focus your muscles and improves stability. Proactivity at its finest!
Tip #4 – Vision: Get those eyes checked! The way we see our world plays a major role in how we navigate it. If our vision is off, our steps might be too! Walking around with blurry or distorted vision is now way to keep things in focus.
Tip #5 – Make the Little Things Safer: Hallways, showers, entries into your home can be made less hazardous. Is that old carpet runner still necessary? Adding safety bars to showers and removing the tub so that you can step in easier are great ways to improve your home space. Make walking from one room to the next and performing your daily activities as seamless as possible. Ask a loved one or slip-and-fall prevention service provider to come over and help you rearrange you space to make it safe.
In the event that you do slip and fall, please remember to remain still and take a few deep breaths. Do not attempt to move yourself or stand right away. Always remember to assess yourself – and if you’re hurt, try to alert the proper authorities or a loved one. The latter is easier when in possession of a medical alert device or keeping a mobile phone in your pocket consistently.
In addition, the service of an in-home caregiver can be beneficial in not only helping to prevent slip-and-fall accidents, but who is also available to call to your side in the event that you do injure yourself. Contact 24/7 Nursing Care for an in-home consultation to learn more about in-home nursing and companion services at http://24-7nursingcare.com/contact-us/
Accidents are often caused by unpredictable elements. Letting your guard down, whether walking about the house or driving around the neighborhood, can decrease your general awareness. Seniors are encourages to try not to fall into a comfort zone and suffer the consequences of an otherwise avoidable fall.
Please stay safe. Oh, and drive safe, too!
24/7 Nursing Care, Inc., is a leading provider of nursing care and companion services for individuals who want to remain independent and outside of a nursing home setting. They understand that some people wish to stay close to their love ones, or don’t want to move somewhere unfamiliar or too clinical. So whether you live at home, in retirement communities or someplace similar, our care providers will come to you instead. For information, call 786-497-7068 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org