Senior Fall Prevention: How to Ensure Your Home is Safe

Over one-third of adults ages 65 and older fall each year. This is a serious issue, and can lead to larger health problems if not addressed before it happens. 20-30% of seniors suffer from moderate to severe injuries from falling, and at least one-third of falls involve environmental hazards in the home.

Senior fall prevention

Luckily, there are ways to prevent your aging parent or relative from failing in the home. Our team at WellSprings Home Care has developed this Fall Prevention Program, so that you can be rest assured your loved one is safe and out of harm’s way.

The Importance of Fall Prevention in the Home

Even if your loved one has suffered a fall in the past, it’s still important to ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future – two-thirds of fall victims will fall again within six months.

That’s why we’ve developed training, oversight, and procedures to help “fall-proof” your loved one’s home, and be sure they’re safe at all times.

Step One: Assess and Inspect the Home

Checking your parent or relative’s home first is crucial to seeing how to prevent them from falling in the first place. Our staff members will provide a complimentary home inspection that will assess your loved one’s needs for the safest environment possible.

Our home inspections include:

  • Installing grab bars in high risk areas, such as in the shower or on the stairs
  • Reducing tripping hazards in entryways
  • Ensuring that transfer benches, handheld shower heads, and chairs are all accessible in the bathtub
  • Assessing proximity and procedures for toileting use
  • Ensuring preparation for transfers

Step Two: Caregiver Training

Once the home is assessed, we can then choose an aide whom we think will be a good fit for your loved one. Of course, we’ll also consider other services your parent or relative will need in order to find the right match.

We’ll then schedule a training session with you, your loved one, the potential caregiver, and the therapist your loved one is working with. This way, we can keep moving forward with progress by staying consistent with transfers and exercise, allowing the chance for a level of independence.

Step Three: Caregiver Supervision/Monitor Progress

Once your parent or relative is able to return home, we’ll develop up a Plan of Care to ensure their highest level of safety. This plan will be monitored via supervisory visits, so that we can document compliance and progress. It is our goal to provide the best services to you, your loved one, and your family.

Begin the Fall Prevention Process Today

If you are concerned with your loved one’s mobility, our Fall Prevention Program at WellSprings Home Care is a great solution. We’ll be happy to walk you through each step, and ensure that your parent or relative will be in great hands.

To get started, residents in the Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County areas can contact us at (610) 463-0880 or or schedule a complimentary in-home assessment today!

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