The high incidence of nuclear family living and changing demographics of the way we live and work in the post-COVID era has ushered in a dire need for care for the elderly and aging adults. They are highly susceptible to harm from falls/accidents inside the house and considering the fact that most of them are isolated or living independently, these become a big point of concern for the family members.
The severity of medical complications such as fractures, and concussions tend to rise with age. While not all falls lead to fatalities, they are a big cause for worry for the safety of these age groups as high probabilities of falls/accidents combine with the high possibility of sustaining bodily harm and injury. We look at detailing some home safety tips for aging adults to prevent falls and accidents here. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner for a detailed list curated to the unique needs of the elderly.
a. Proper footwear to avoid falls on smooth tiles and wet areas. Slippers with rubber soles, and non-skid shoes are a must-have to avoid balance issues.
b. Gait- With advancing age, people have a gait that becomes rigid and inflexible owing to various aches, joint pains, and other bodily complications. They can consult the health-care practitioner to have their gait checked and take advice on medicines/ yoga/physio routines that would enable better gait and mobility. Having a cane or walker is advised for people who need additional support.
c. Alarm Watches/Necklaces/ Bracelets- In case of an emergency, these handy devices ensure that they can reach out for support effortlessly.
We covered some of the basic steps to prevent falls and accidents here, yet, in the case of people with unique medication/ care needs, it is better to have an added precaution of a dedicated care professional to ensure the health and well-being of the elderly/aging family members. Having someone to talk with is essential for their mental health, hence joining similar age groups in the society, family outings, and hobby clubs are things to be encouraged.