Elderly are more prone to accidents and falls in their homes. With age, we start losing our balance, bone density and experience muscle weakness, making us more prone to accidents and falls.

Below are a few conditions in elderly that can make them more likely to fall than others:

  • Conditions like blood pressure can make them dizzy hence the falls
  • Poor vision or muscle weakness can cause falls as well
  • Issues such as labyrinthitis (inflammation in ears), that can cause balance issues

Needless to say, we need to make our homes more elderly-friendly and make it easier for them to move around.

Here are a few accidents elderly are prone to and how to avoid them:

Falls: Falls are the most common form of accidents in elderly. They account for 75% of injuries in elderly. Falls are often caused by misplaced objects, uneven floors and surfaces, unstable furniture, and lack of proper lighting, etc.

Here are some tips for old people home care and How to prevent?

  • You can prevent falls in the elderly by installing grab bars in stairways and bathrooms.
  • Also, ensure you use rubber rugs instead or cloth rugs in the house.
  • Keep the floors of the rooms and bathroom dry and clean at all times.
  • Ensure there is sufficient lighting in the stairway and bedrooms.
  • Keep everything you need in the kitchen accessible, so that you don’t have to climb to reach things.
  • Ensure that the elderly in your house are wearing shoes don’t slip.
  • It is also best to install anti-slip tiles.

Fire and burns: Fire and burns are mostly due to unsafe and unregulated heat-generating devices. Most seniors experience burns while working in the kitchen.

How to prevent?

While aging does not mean you have to slow down or stop cooking, you can do a few things to avoid burns.

  • Always ensure you have turned off the gas after use.
  • Invest in appliances that are safer to use.
  • Set up smoke alarms in the kitchen and ensure you take someone’s help when cooking.
  • Use long mittens that cover the entire lower arm when handling hot utensils, instead of using cloth.

Choking and food-related accidents: There is a higher risk of choking when a person talks or laughs while eating. It also increases if you take big morsels of food instead of small bites. Elderly are also prone to food-poisoning if they buy expired food without reading the labels or don’t was/cook their fruits and vegetables properly.

How to prevent?

  • Prepare food that is easier to swallow and has a smoother texture. Elderly, especially the ones who have lost their teeth find it hard to chew.
  • Food for the elderly has to be soft and chewable to promote easier digestion as well.
  • Keep the temperature of the refrigerator at 40 degrees Fahrenheit to increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

With these few changes, you can ensure that the elderly are living an accident-free life in the safety of their

Also Read: What is Preventive Geriatrics?

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