Give the gift of fall prevention to an elderly loved one
December 16, 2011
Falling is a real risk among the senior population. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in three people aged 65 or older will suffer a fall each year. In order to reduce such grave numbers and to keep loved ones safe, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune recently selected the best gifts for seniors aging in place.
One of the best ways to help an elderly loved one address hazards in their home is to hire a professional contractor or a fall prevention specialist to come to a parent's home to see what dangers exist. The specialist may be able to alert you and the senior to issues in the home. These can range from obstacles in hallways, poor lighting or unsafe practices, such as a senior reaching or bending to get to certain items.
Another present that can bring peace of mind to a senior and their family members is a medical alert system. This wearable device allows a parent to call for help should they suffer a fall or have another emergency.
The news outlet also recommends adding grab bars in the bathroom of a loved one's home or taking them to routine vision appointments. This way an ophthalmologist can assess how healthy a parent's eyes are to determine if if they need new glasses or more.