Fall Prevention Strategies for Older Adults

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As older populations tend to stay more at home, the chances of a fall occurring increase due to a combination of aging and environmental conditions that may promote falling. The chances of falling are still present even with attentive staff on hand for older adults.

Older adults are more vulnerable because their reflexes along with physical abilities have become more limited compared to their younger days. Young adults react faster which often means catching themselves before they fall. Older adults tend to have weaker bones and are more susceptible to muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries. 

It is the home environment that is usually the most vulnerable. This is where older people stand the greatest chance of falling along with environments in the local community. The consequences of falling include a substantial injury such as the breaking of bones which may take months to fully recover. 

Risk Factors 

Inside the home offers the greatest chance of injury for older adults. Such risks include falling down the stairs, tripping over rugs or carpeting, and other obstacles that are overlooked by those living in the home. Next on the list is falling near the home, such as along sidewalks, open yards, curbs, and other areas. The remaining risks of falling occur in communities where older adults live, such as nursing homes and assisted living centers. Some of the factors include but are not limited to the following. 

  • Slippery floors
  • No railing on staircases 
  • Loose, worn, or deep pile carpeting 
  • Toilets, showers, and tubs 
  • Pets, toys, or other objects on the floor 

Sometimes a slip may occur for no obvious reason but may be due to being distracted which causes a displacement of the feet when walking. Older adults are not only more vulnerable to falling, but they are also more likely to suffer from serious injuries as a result of the fall. 

Modifying the Environment

A substantial number of falls may be avoided simply by modifying the environment inside the home or facility. There are many modifications that can be made which will reduce the chances of falling. These include removing loose objects on the floor to reducing the slipperiness of surfaces to adding hand railing in places where it is needed.

  • Lowering steps into and out of the home
  • Removing glare from surfaces 
  • Roll-in showers
  • Widening access areas such as doorways and more 

Such modifications may require a professional company such as Brickley Environmental. 

Why Call Brickley Environmental?

The experts at Brickley Environmental can help if your home, business, or facility could use assistance in setting up a fall-prevention strategy. With years of experience in working with home and business owners, the experts at Brickley Environmental will take your call, answer your questions, and explain the services provided. 

Upon your request, a representative may be sent to your property to conduct an inspection which will reveal areas of vulnerability. A free estimate will be provided to correct such issues. If you accept, the knowledgeable, experienced team at Brickley Environmental will get right to work. Call today for more information about how to address fall-prevention strategies in your home, office, or facility today.

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