Reporting Nursing Home Abuse

Detecting the signs of elder abuse within a nursing home or assisted living facility can be very difficult. Unfortunately not all of us are able to see our loved ones on a weekly basis. When you do visit, be sure to ask how your loved one is feeling, and how they are being treated within […]

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Insomnia and Adults

Whether it is yourself or a loved one, insomnia has a detrimental effect on all those around it. Recent published research has shown as much as 50% of individuals over the age of 65 battles with insomnia on a nightly basis. Normal signs of insomnia include: taking a long time to fall asleep, frequently waking […]

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The arrival of Autumn

Few seasons have inspired poetry and song as much as Autumn it seems. The crisp morning air, the changing colors of the leaves on the trees, the smell of ripening apples and the taste of the fall harvest, all the senses are stimulated with the arrival of Autumn.That time of year […]

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Fall Proofing Your Home

One of the most under reported medical difficulties facing seniors living alone in the home is the

risk of injury as a result of a fall. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), one out

every three seniors (age 65+) fall at least once each year. Only about 50% of that total will even

discuss that fact with their healthcare providers. Falls are also the number one cause of injuries for

seniors. Statistics like these should underline the importance of fall proofing a home for anyone

who is over the age of 65, and particularly those who may have additional risk factors such as

neuropathy as a result of diabetes.


Basic health maintenance can go a long way to lowering the risk of a fall. Seniors with low bone

density should take calcium supplements to lower the risk of shattering a bone as the result of a

fall. We will all suffer from decreased muscle mass and strength as we age, but seniors should

especially sure to get regular weight bearing exercise to ensure lower body strength. Monitoring

medications to ensure that you are not experiencing dizziness can also help. Your pharmacist or

physician can review your medications will you.


Covering the basics helps a great deal, but there are also some basic modifications that you can

make to the way you do things in the home to make sure that you are minimizing the risk of a fall.

The bathroom with one of the highest risk areas of the home, due to slippery water that can get

onto the floor and other surfaces. Grab bars in the bath tub and the shower can be helpful here, as

well as the right kind of bathmats for the floor. Mats should be attached to the floor securely and

provide traction to wet feet after exiting the tub or the shower. Ensuring that the bathroom is well

lit can also prevent issues and allow you to see potential hazards.


In the rest of the house, keep the floor clutter free and open is essential. Again, having good

lighting conditions that allow you to locate potential hazards is critical. If you have rugs in any

room of the house, make sure that they lay flat on the floor and do not move or clump. Attaching a

adhesive rug backing between the rug and the floor can be helpful to ensure that the area rug stays

in place and does not cause a fall. Maintaining the home is also critical. Cleaning up spills in the

kitchen or fallen items on the floor is something that must be done promptly every time, before the

item or spill goes forgotten and then unnoticed.


Unfortunately, many seniors cannot totally minimize the risk of a fall. For those seniors who even

after taking the proper precautions will still be at risk, getting an on person medical alarm device

that can be worn in the shower may be a good option to consider.


Consult other resources for more information about equipment that you can buy to help fall proof a

home. We recommend that any durable medical equipment that you purchase for yourself or a

loved one be professionally installed.


About the Author

Jacob Edward is the current manager of Senior Planning in Phoenix Arizona. He has been in that

position since 2007.

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