A fall is a debilitating injury for many people as they age. Over time, bones become more brittle. Muscles are less likely to react fast enough to prevent a significant injury. Getting up is hard to do after such a fall. More so, recovering from broken bones is difficult for many. That’s why it is important to focus on reducing fall risk for most people. At Wickshire Senior Living Oklahoma City, that’s one of the services we offer – a fall prevention program to keep you safe.
Reducing Fall Risk Is a Constant Effort
For men and women who are getting older, putting time into reducing fall risk is one way of preventing complicated injury and recovery. There are various strategies to consider that may help to mitigate some risks within a home.
- Reduce the risk of wet floors whenever possible. Use mats in the bathroom and keep floors as dry as possible. Avoid walking on just mopped or icy surfaces.
- Minimize stair use whenever possible. Install double railings if possible. It may be better to consider living on one floor or using a chair railing system to help transport a person up the stairs.
- Minimize clutter. Tripping is a significant factor when it comes to fall risks. Avoid putting anything on the floor. Instead, keep walkways clear of anything that could cause a person to fall, especially cords.
- Use a seat in the shower. Instead of standing in the shower where the surface becomes slick, use a seat in the shower. Make sure there are handrails present as well. Instead of a typical mounted version, the use of a hand-held shower head is also often helpful.
- Use carpeting, but only when it does not create a lip that someone can trip on, such as one with frills or tassels. Ensure all rugs are secured to the floor to prevent them from slipping.
- Use a walker or a cane for stability. This assistance can significantly reduce the amount of fall risk, especially when getting out of a car or walking a long distance.
- Invest in quality no-slip shoes. This footwear can help to minimize risks associated with slippery surfaces at home or on the go.
If you are living at home, continue to work on reducing fall risks throughout the house. Over time, this may become difficult to do. You may need to think about alternative options, such as the benefits of living in an assisted living community.
Invest in a Fall Prevention Service
Moving into an assisted living community can help minimize many risks associated with falls. That’s because there may be a fall prevention program in place. These are rules and strategies used that can help to minimize the risk of a fall. Cleaning is done when there is no risk for someone to fall. Having help getting up and into bed as well as support when moving around the community can also help minimize those risks.
There are many strategies available that can help minimize your risk of a fall within our community. In every situation, our goal is to ensure you have a safe community to call home. Learn more about some of our senior living programs:
- Medication management
- Home health care services
- Respite care services
- Occupational Therapy program
- Wise and Well program
Our community provides a safe place for you to grow and thrive. To learn more about our senior living services, please reach out to our team today.
Contact Wickshire Senior Living Oklahoma City Today
Our primary goal at Wickshire Senior Living Oklahoma City is to ensure you have a safe place to call home. To do that, we work continuously at reducing fall risk within our community. We are happy to offer suggestions and support for those at home, too. If you’re ready to improve your quality of life, call our assisted living team at 833.497.4390 or connect with us online for a consultation and visit.