It’s a sad fact but each year thousands of elderly ones are injured from accidents within their own homes, with the majority of these accidents occurring from simply doing everyday tasks. The more common kinds of accidents are caused from slipping and falling. So, what are some ways you can help prevent these types of accidents in your loved one’s home? While there are many items around a home that could cause an elderly person to slip and fall, we’re just going to mention a couple of those things.
Have a walk around the home and think of how easy it is for someone with limited mobility to get around it. Are there electrical cords stretched over walk through areas? This would have the potential to, not only cause someone to trip and fall, but depending on the appliance its connected to, it could also become a fire hazard. If there are not enough electrical outlets where they are needed, it might be better to arrange the furniture differently so that electrical cords do not need to extend too far. It might also be a good time to check that electrical wires and power cords are in good condition and not becoming frayed or have exposed wires.
A lot of elderly people enjoy the comfort that carpet brings in their homes. Carpet, however, also has the potential to be a tripping hazard especially if it starts to become raised up or if the carpet adhesive starts wearing out in places which would cause the carpet to loosen in some areas. Rugs are another big slipping hazard. Make sure a rug will stay in place by ensuring it has a good rubber backing which will keep it firmly in place.
As we mentioned, this is just a few suggestions to helping prevent falling accidents at home. We’re sure that as you go through the home, you will notice other areas that need improving as to safety.
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