When many people think of fall risk for elderly adults their minds immediately go to moving up and down steps, walking on slippery floors, or tripping while out of the house. As a family caregiver, however, it is extremely important to realize that seniors are at risk of suffering a fall in all areas of their life.
This makes taking steps to secure their surroundings, improve their daily routine, and reduce risk a critical element of their care. This means making sure that their risk is reduced as they are both beginning and ending their day in their bedroom.
Some meaningful modifications to your parent’s bedroom that you can make to reduce their fall risk include:
Consider lowering your parent’s bed so that they do not need to climb into or out of the bed. Avoid putting the mattress directly on the floor, however, as it can be difficult for your parent to lower themselves or get up from so low.
- Add bars to the bed to prevent them from falling out of the bed and to provide some leverage when sitting down or getting up from the bed.
- Consider using a toilet chair in the bedroom at night so that your parent does not have to navigate their way to the bathroom.
- Make sure that they are able to turn the light off from their bed rather than having to turn the light off by the door and then walk over to their bed in the dark.
- If this is not possible, consider adding glow-in-the-dark tape or paint that will guide them throughout their room.
If your parent has been struggling with a health challenge or limitation that has increased their care needs, your own schedule or ability to care for them has changed, or you simply feel that they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them. A home care services provider can be a valuable source of support for both you and your parent, supplementing the care that you already give them, and helping them to pursue a lifestyle that is more independent and fulfilling as they age in place.
These home care services can include safe and reliable transportation, assistance with activities of daily living, mobility support, meal preparation, help with sensitive care tasks such as bathing and toileting, companionship, medication reminders, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Warhaw NC, please call the professional staff at Caring at Heart today at (704) 379-7510. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail.