Falls & Home Safety

Home safety is important for family members of all ages, but for those over the age of 65, falling inside the home can be a serious problem. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that over 60% of all falls occur inside the home. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 older adults falls each year, resulting in over 2.5 million seniors receiving treatment in emergency departments.

What Causes Falling in Older Adults?

Falls among older adults can be caused by many different things, including…

  • Declining vision
  • Medications resulting in loss of balance
  • Poor visibility in dimmer lighting
  • Muscle weakness or fatigue
  • Clutter or hard-to-reach items in the home
  • Slick or slippery surfaces
  • Inadequate shoes

The Dangers of Falling

Falling can cause serious injuries that could result in hospitalization or, in severe cases, death. Other effects on seniors could include newly limited activity, a fear of falls, or reduced overall mobility.

Can Falls be Prevented?

Aging itself does not cause falls in older adults. Falls can be prevented when home safety measures are taken, including…

  • Removing clutter, small furniture, cords or wires, and household items from areas where someone might step
  • Securing carpets to the floor and installing nonslip mats in wet or high-spill areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens
  • Arranging furniture to create a clear path for walking through rooms
  • Installing grab bars in bathrooms and ensuring that stairs have sturdy, accessible handrails
  • Checking lighting and adding nightlights in hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms to increase visibility while walking at night
  • Making sure that frequently used items in the home are easily accessible on lower shelves or drawers
  • Wearing athletic shoes or shoes with nonslip bottoms while walking in the home
  • Maintaining an active lifestyle and increasing muscle strength can improve balance and reduce the likelihood of falls

How Our Home Care Team Can Help

We provide seniors with a range of personal care services to promote health and independence, making it possible for the elderly to age where they want to age⁠—at home.

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. With our personalized care plans, our clients choose the amount and type of care they prefer.

Private Duty Services

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising overall care on a regular basis
  • Providing assistance with activities of daily living
  • Assisting with personal care
  • Assisting with exercise and mobility
  • Reminding clients to take medications
  • Keeping records
  • Preparing meals
  • Doing laundry
  • Shopping for groceries
  • Running errands
  • Escorting clients to appointments
  • Providing companionship and conversation
  • Providing respite care
  • Assisting clients with confusion, disorientation, or mental health issues
  • Light housekeeping
  • And many more!

Care Management

Our care management solutions include but are not limited to:

  • Initial assessment and routine evaluation to develop a Plan of Care
  • Coordination, communication, and collaboration with the care team and the family
  • Providing education about treatment options and serving as a resource to clients and their families
  • And many more!