Fall Prevention in the Home-Home Health Corner

Fall Prevention in the Home-Home Health Corner



hello I'm Greg j mian and welcome to home healthcare corner as more people receive their medical services and care at home there are many questions that pop up that sometimes require quick answers I have put together a series of short segments with healthcare professionals that will help explain how things work along with answers to common questions found in home-based care I hope you find the following information helpful my name is Lisa and I'm a registered nurse with the mirrors staff nursing care located in troy michigan i'm here today to talk about fall prevention in the home with the elderly due to the population of the elderly living longer and stronger lives fall prevention in the home is of the utmost importance in promoting quality of life in longevity between twenty to thirty percent of persons over the age of 65 will suffer hip fracture as a result will fall and will die within one year let's say that your loved one is coming home from the hospital they're already vulnerable to files related to fatigue medications that may be taking for pain and blood pressure and just the aging process in general here's a few steps to help you and your loved ones to prevent Falls remember that this is fall prevention in the home we will discuss fall prevention around your home and or and or around the community at another time first and foremost are clearing pathways in the home on the floors removing throw rugs cords and clutter up like the clutter that we have in front of me or off to the right of me the books that are here it could be books magazines in animal on the floor and again a throw rug in addition to that quartz hordes are very notorious for elderly people falling over them so you just want to take the cord move it off to the side along the wall and tape it down or you can even tape it on the floor as long as it's taped down if you're using stairs to go up and down the stairs you can use reflective tape to put at the bottom of a step and at the top of the stuff that they can use as a guide of along the walkway and in addition to that you also could use a non-skid mat in the shower handrails can be installed in the bathroom on your front porch back porch you also want to make sure that your hand rails are secure if you have current handrails you want to make sure that they're secured by the screws being screwed up you can also purchase a over the tub shower batch that we have here this will actually fit the two legs will fit over the tub so you just swing your legs in you don't have to step into the bathtub which is another big risk factor for elderly people falling in the number one place that they do file is in the bathroom these are just a couple of examples in addition to many other products are available at medical equipment companies you also would want to wear sturdy clothing or clothing sturdy shoes either velcro non-slip slippers glasses make sure you always wear your glasses and you may consider using a lifeline medical alarm necklace or bracelet make sure you also stay well hydrated to keep your muscles strong and exercise as able according to your physician after you've discussed it with your physician if you have any further questions you can contact one of our highly-skilled registered nurses at 248 288 to 270 thank you

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