My husband’s grandmother had a terrible experience just a few months ago. She had fallen in her tight bathroom and wasn’t able to get up for 10+ hours. Unable to reach for the phone and not owning an assistive device, she was not found until her daughter went over for their nightly dinner.
Falls are the leading cause of serious injury according to the Mayo Clinic. As your client gets older and physical and medical conditions change, elderly clients may become a little unsteady as time goes on. There are several steps that you can take in preventing falls in seniors.
Brighten Living Spaces
By brightening the living spaces of your client, they can avoid tripping over objects are hard to see. You might want to place a lamp, or nightlight in the dim area. This could be in a bathroom, hallways, or even in the bedroom for their middle of the night needs. In case of a power outage, store flashlights in easy to find/reach places. Looking into battery powered nightlights might be a solution as well when the power goes out.
Check Your Soles
Make sure your client has shoes that prevent them from taking that dreaded fall. Acquiring shoes with a non-slip sole is a great way to prevent falls from happening. Shoes that are too big can also cause people to be clumsy. Wear properly fitting shoes with nonslip soles. In the case that your client wears socks or slippers, make sure that you get socks or slippers with the rubber grip pads so the client can walk without the fear of falling. The right pair of shoes may also help improve posture which can help with balance issues.