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Preventing Falls: Safety Checklist

My Home Safety Check List Can Help In Emergency Preparedness

Home safety for the elderly is part of elder health care; it requires preparing for the unexpected. Emergency preparedness requires planning. A home safety checklist has been developed for a variety of different conditions. You will find the Home safety checklist available to download for each different safety condition.

As we age we need to take special precautions to ensure a safe home environment it is a part of elder health care. Most accidents in the home can be prevented by eliminating potential hazards.

Fall prevention for the elderly

At least half off all falls happen at home. The aging population experiences falls that result in serious injuries, disability and even death. Maintaining home safety for the elderly starts by assessing your aging loved one, then the home environment it is an important part of elder health care.

Here is a checklist of all the risk factors that apply to your aging loved one and your home. Circle the risk factors below that apply to your loved one. The more factors checked, the higher your risk for falling.

    • History of falling – 2 or more falls in last 6 months.
    • Vision loss- If your loved one changes in their ability to detect or discriminate objects; you notice a decline in depth perception; or a decrease in their ability to recover from a sudden exposure to bright light or sun glare.
    • Hearing loss- take notice to your loved one’s ability to hear. If they have decreased hearing it mat affect their response time to a potentially dangerous situation
    • Foot pain or shoe problems   foot pain can affect walking and balance; neuropathies cause decreased sensation or feeling; sores on foot or ill fitting or badly worn shoes
    • Medications- taking four or more medications; medications that may cause drowsiness, dizziness or low blood pressure.
    • Balance problems- observe you loved ones ability to walk; a decline in balance; a decline in speed of walking; observe for weakness of lower extremities
    • High or low blood pressure- Both of these conditions or the medications that treat them may cause unsteadiness.
    • Hazards inside your home
    • Hazards outside your home

 

Here is a home safety checklist and tips for you to review and to assist you in identifying things you may need to address:

  • Keep emergency numbers in large print near each phone in the home
  • Put a phone near the floor in case you fall and are unable to get up
  • Clean up spills immediately