5 Things That Can Cause a Fall at Home

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We like to think that our loved ones are safe in their homes. Unfortunately, though, many older adults suffer injuries while in their own houses.
Falls are one of the most common ways that seniors hurt themselves while at home. In fact, the National Safety Council says that falls are the cause of approximately one-third of all non-fatal injuries in the United States. Part of keeping your elderly family member from falling at home is knowing what could cause them to fall. Below are 5 things that can cause a fall at home.

Home Care in Boca Raton FL: Senior Falls
Home Care in Boca Raton FL: Senior Falls

1: Cluttered Walkways

Items in walkways can cause seniors to trip while walking. Some common things that clutter walkways are stacks of old magazines or newspapers, shoes left out, and furniture that sticks out. Take a walk through the older adult’s home and pay attention to how clear pathways are. If the senior uses a walker or cane, make certain they have ample room to get through without catching the assistive device on something. Put away any items that were simply left in places they don’t belong.

2: Poor Lighting

As people get older, they tend to develop vision problems. Not being able to see well can cause them to accidentally run into things or misstep. Using brighter lighting in the house can make it easier for them to see. Increase the wattage of lightbulbs to the maximum that is safe for the light fixtures in the home. Also, use brighter lighting outside around doorways, so that it is easier for the senior to see getting to the door and put their key into the lock.

3: Uneven Surfaces

Uneven surfaces in the home are a tripping hazard. Examine the thresholds throughout the house and make the necessary changes to even them out. In addition, if there are floors that are in disrepair, such as loose tiles, fix them.

4: Loose Rugs

Throw rugs are lovely and can warm up the home, but they can also roll up at the edges and cause a fall. Remove as many loose throw rugs from the home as possible. If some must be left, purchase two-sided tape made for securing rugs and stick each rug down.

5: Lack of Handrails and Grab Bars

Every stairwell in the home should have a handrail on both sides. Place handrails along the walls of long hallways, too. In the bathroom, install grab bars near the bathtub or shower and the toilet.

Another way to prevent falls at home is to have an elderly care provider to spend time with the older adult. An elderly care provider can help to keep the house fall-proofed by keeping things picked up and out of walkways. They can also change lightbulbs when they go out. Elderly care providers can also help unsteady seniors to get up from chairs, get in and out of the bath, and walk with them from one room to another.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring Home Care in Boca Raton, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.


About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.