How Can Elder Care Help Prevent Falls?

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If you have an older adult family member, one of the things you may worry about is them falling. Falls are the number one cause of injuries that lead to death. But, there are many steps you can take to keep your loved one from suffering a fall. In fact, you don’t even have to do it alone because an elder care provider can also help with fall prevention. Here are some ways elder care can help.

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De-Clutter the Home

Living in a home that is messy or cluttered can pose a risk of tripping and falling. If the older adult has difficulty keeping the house tidy, an elder care provider can help them to keep it clean. Elder care providers can also move furniture or other items that are in the walkways. They can also remove loose rugs that can cause an older adult to trip. Electrical cords should also be secured and out of walkways.


Make Things Reachable

Standing on stools, chairs, or stepladders can be a fall risk for older adults. To eliminate the need for standing on things, an elder care provider can move commonly used items to reachable places. For example, frequently used food staples should be kept on cupboard shelves that are easy for the senior to reach. If your aging relative has mobility or balance issues, an elder care provider can place items they need often, like the phone or tissues, near the chair where they sit so that they do not have to get up as often.


Keep the House Well Lit

Proper lighting is essential to prevent falls, especially if the older adult has vision problems. An elder care provider can change lightbulbs to keep lights in working order. They can also make sure there is a nightlight in the hallway and bathroom so that the senior can see if they need to use the bathroom during the night.


Encourage Proper Footwear

Seniors should wear shoes that fit well and have good traction. They should not wear flip flops or shoes with high heels. An elder care provider can help the older adult to choose proper shoes. If they have difficulty bending down to tie shoes, an elder care provider can assist. If the person needs to purchase new, safer shoes, an elder care provider can take them to the store and them make a good choice.


Keep Them Active

Physical activity can strengthen muscles and improve balance, making falls less likely. An elder care provider can take walks with the senior or drive them to group exercise classes. Or, if the older adult prefers to exercise at home, an elder care provider can keep an eye on them to make certain they stay safe.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring Home Care in Tamarac, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770.

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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.