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Protect Your Elderly Loved Ones From Falling

Personal Injury Lawyer

Slip and fall accidents are a major concern for the elderly, as they can lead to serious injuries and impact their independence. Fortunately, many falls can be prevented by taking necessary precautions. Here are some strategies to protect your elderly loved ones from slip and fall accidents according to a slip and fall lawyer from our friends at MartinWren, P.C.

Home Safety Evaluation

Start by performing a thorough home safety evaluation. Identify potential hazards such as loose carpets, cluttered hallways, and uneven flooring. Pay particular attention to high-risk areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Professional occupational therapists or home health agencies can provide this service if you need help. A good rule of thumb is if you would not let your toddlers run around or over it, then you should treat it the same for the elderly.

Remove Hazards

After identifying hazards, take steps to eliminate them. Remove clutter, secure loose rugs, and rearrange furniture to create clear walking paths. Replace or repair any damaged or uneven floors. Make sure cords and cables are tucked away and not strung across walkways. You can also get corner protectors for sharp walls.

Install Safety Features

Install grab bars in the bathroom near the toilet, shower, and tub. Consider using a shower chair and a handheld showerhead. Install handrails on both sides of stairs and ensure they run the full length. Consider using non-slip mats under rugs and in the bathtub, and around entryways for when there’s moisture outside that might make your floors slippery.

Improve Lighting

Poor lighting can increase the risk of falls. Install bright lights in hallways, staircases, and bathrooms. Consider night lights in bedrooms and bathrooms for better visibility when getting up during the night. Make sure light switches are accessible at both ends of a hallway or staircase — motion activated lighting is also an option.

Promote Safe Dressing

Encourage your loved one to wear non-slip shoes or slippers, and avoid loose, flowing clothes that can trip them up. Avoid walking in socks or stockings which can be slippery on certain surfaces.

Use of Assistive Devices: 

Canes, walkers, or other mobility aids can provide extra stability. Make sure any devices are the correct height and that your loved one knows how to use them properly. These devices should be regularly checked for wear and tear, and maintenance on devices should be done regularly to check for potential problems.

Emergency Plan: 

Despite all precautions, falls can still occur. Have an emergency plan in place. Consider a medical alert system that allows your loved one to call for help if they fall and can’t get up or a service animal that knows how to push this type of button.

Remember, communication is key. Discuss the importance of these safety measures with your loved one. Encourage them to be vigilant and to let you know if they’re feeling unsteady or have had a minor fall. With these precautions in place, you can significantly reduce the risk of falls and ensure a safer environment for your elderly loved ones. However, if your loved one does slip and fall and it was due to the negligence of another person, contact a lawyer near you for help.