Seniors & Special Needs: Senior Safety
General Safety Tips
- Wear well-fitted shoes with low heels and non-skid soles.
- Quality, non-glare lighting in the home, especially around stairs.
- Strong banisters along stairways and non-skid surface on stairs.
- Remove clutter from the house as possible.
- Keep electrical cords out of walking pathways.
- Sturdy handrails by toilet and in and next to bathtub or shower. Consider a raised toilet seat.
- Install non-skid surface or treads inside tub or shower.
- Secure or tack down throw rugs and carpet edges.
- Proper nutrition including calcium (consult your physician)
- Regular exercise including weight training (consult your physician)
- Careful use of prescription and non-prescription medicine (consult your physician).
- Avoid sedatives and overuse of alcohol.
Fall Prevention Tips
How Big is the Problem?
- Falls are the leading cause of injury death for people over the age of 65.
- Falls are the leading reason for admission to nursing homes.
- Each year about 10,000 older adults die from falls or fall-related injuries.
- Falls result in about 200,000 hip fractures in older adults each year.
- Falls are not a normal part of the aging process, nor are they random.
- Many falls can be prevented!
What Factors Contribute to the Problem
- Slippery or loose-fitting footwear
- Poor lighting in the home
- Cluttered hallways
- Loose rugs or carpeting
- Slippery bathroom surfaces
- Difficult stairs
- Uncorrected vision problems
- Dizziness caused by medications or medical conditions
- Osteoporosis makes bones brittle
- Poor nutrition and dehydration
- Over usage of alcohol
Heart Attack or Stroke Information