When your loved one has osteoporosis, a fall can be especially devastating for her. With thinner bones that are more prone to breaking, your loved one can find herself especially vulnerable. The best thing you can do for her is to help her avoid falling if at all possible.
Make In-home Safety a Priority.
At home, there are quite a few specific things you can do to help your loved one avoid falls. Adding and using hand rails, keeping the home lit well, and using non-slip rugs and flooring options are all important. If you spot slippery areas or spills, it’s essential to fix those issues right away to keep the senior from falling.
Choose Shoes with Rubber Soles.
One of the best ways to help your loved one to keep her footing is to pay attention to her footwear. This is important whether she’s inside or out and about. For the best results, look for shoes that fit her well and that have a stable, solid sole. If you’re not sure whether your senior’s shoes fit her properly, go to a shoe store that can measure her feet to get the exact size.
Find Ways to Keep Your Loved One’s Hands Free.
If your loved one’s hands are free, she’s going to be more able to reach for a hand rail if she loses her balance. At home, this might mean she avoids carrying items from room to room or that she uses an assistive device, such as a walker with a basket, to keep her balance. When she’s out and about, that might mean that she uses a backpack instead of a handbag.
Look for Obstacles and Clutter Regularly.
Clutter and other obstacles can be sneaky little items. If you’re not regularly paying attention to them, they’re suddenly building up and creating tripping hazards for your loved one. One of the best ways to avoid this is to make sweeping for obstacles and clutter a regular part of each day and each week. That way you stay on top of the issue.
Hiring home care providers can help you to stay on top of all of your aging family member’s safety needs, too. They’re experienced in spotting fall risks and can keep you and your loved one alerted to potential problems.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in West University Place, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
Sid Gerber is a Google Verified Author
Latest posts by Sid Gerber (see all)
- What Steps Can Your Senior Try to Beat Fatigue? - January 10, 2018
- Researchers Exploring Plasma Transplants to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease - December 22, 2017
- Is Mindful Eating Right for You? - December 7, 2017