Managing in-home care for seniors in Dallas, TX
by Lacey Overby, RN – Care Mountain
Fall-related injuries are a leading cause of hospital admissions among the elderly, making fall prevention education an essential component of senior healthcare. In this article, we will explore the significance of fall prevention education for seniors and the strategies that can help them stay safe and active.
Prevent Falls and Fractures: General instructions
- Use good lighting in all rooms. Replace any light bulbs that burn out, turn on lights if it is dark, and use night-lights.
- Place frequently used items in easy-to-reach places. Lower the shelves around your home if necessary.
- Set up furniture so that there are clear paths around it. Avoid moving your furniture around.
- Remove throw rugs and other tripping hazards from the floor.
- Avoid walking on wet floors.
- Fix any uneven floor surfaces.
- Add color or contrast paint or tape to grab bars and handrails in your home. Place contrasting color stripes on the first and last steps of staircases.
- When you use a stepladder, make sure that it is completely opened and that the sides and supports are firmly locked. Have someone hold the ladder while you are using it. Do not climb a closed stepladder.
- Know where your pets are when moving through your home.
What can I do in the bathroom?
- Keep the floor dry. Immediately clean up any water that is on the floor.
- Remove soap buildup in the tub or shower regularly.
- Use non-skid mats or decals on the floor of the tub or shower.
- Attach bath mats securely with double-sided, non slip rug tape.
- If you need to sit down while you are in the shower, use a plastic, non-slip stool.
- Install grab bars by the toilet and in the tub and shower. Do not use towel bars as grab bars.
What can I do in the bedroom?
- Make sure that a bedside light is easy to reach.
- Do not use oversized bedding that reaches the floor.
- Have a firm chair that has side arms to use for getting dressed.
What can I do in the kitchen?
- Clean up any spills right away.
- If you need to reach for something above you, use a sturdy step stool that has a grab bar.
- Keep electrical cables out of the way.
- Do not use floor polish or wax that makes floors slippery. If you must use wax, make sure that it is non-skid floor wax.
What can I do with my stairs?
- Do not leave any items on the stairs.
- Make sure that you have a light switch at the top and the bottom of the stairs. Have them installed if you do not have them.
- Make sure that there are handrails on both sides of the stairs. Fix handrails that are broken or loose. Make sure that handrails are as long as the staircases.
- Install non-slip stair treads on all stairs in your home.
- Avoid having any type of throw rugs at the top or bottom of stairs, or secure the rugs with carpet tape to prevent them from moving.
- Choose a carpet design that does not hide the edge of steps on the stairs.
- Check any carpeting to make sure that it is firmly attached to the stairs. Fix any carpet
What can I do outside of my home?
- Use bright outdoor lighting.
- Regularly repair the edges of walkways and driveways and fix any cracks.
- Remove high doorway thresholds.
- Trim any shrubbery on the main path into your home.
- Regularly check that handrails are securely fastened and in good repair. Both sides of all steps should have handrails.
- Install guardrails along the edges of any raised decks or porches.
- Clear walkways of debris and clutter, including tools and rocks.
- Have leaves, snow, and ice cleared regularly.
- Use sand or salt on walkways during winter months.
- In the garage, clean up any spills right away, including grease or oil spills.
What other actions can I take?
- Wear closed-toe shoes that fit well and support your feet. Wear shoes that have rubber soles or low heels.
- Use mobility aids as needed, such as canes, walkers, scooters, and crutches.
Medicines Risks – Review your medicines with your healthcare provider
- Some medicines can cause dizziness or changes in blood pressure, which increases your risk of falling.
- Be aware of your medications and the effect they can have on your body.
- Do you take medications for High Blood Pressure?
- Do you take medications for Diabetes?
- Do you take medications for PAIN?
- Do you take medications for Anxiety/Depression?
- These and others can affect your balance, coordination, and ability to walk safely.
- Ensure you are taking all medications (prescribed and OTC) as ordered by your physician.
Contact Us for Your Home Care Needs in Dallas, TX
We believe that with the right help, seniors can age safely and happily in the comfort of their own home.
Care Mountain is a trusted home healthcare provider offering skilled nursing, therapy services, and non-medical CNA caregivers. Specializing in conditions such as Heart Failure, Diabetes, COPD, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and Oncology, we are recognized as a preferred provider in the DFW area. Our commitment to quality care has earned us the Caregiver of the Year award six times from prestigious organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association of North Texas.
If you have any questions or concerns about aging in place, Care Mountain has the answers. We prioritize the needs of your family and have been the leading provider of in-home care services in Dallas, TX, for over 19 years. Our commitment to quality care has made us a trusted partner for families looking to provide personalized care to their loved ones in the comfort of their own homes.
Questions? We’re here to help. Please contact our care staff anytime at [email protected] , or by phone at (972) 379-8891