Hi Allie, thank you so much for your question! We are happy to provide support.
When someone falls in their own home, there are steps that families can take to prevent this from happening again. Home modifications can help ensure a safe space for loved ones as they age in place. In the bathroom, you can add shower mats and grip bars to make this room less dangerous for seniors. Throughout common areas such as living rooms and bedrooms, you can make sure there are no tripping hazards such as loose rugs, power cords, and extraneous clutter. Stairs are also a dangerous place for elders, and families may decide to install a chairlift in the home for some additional support.
After a hospital stay due to a fall injury, we recommend that seniors take advantage of a short-term stay in senior housing, in order to give the family time to make the home safe for their return.
If falls keep happening and families find that they can no longer provide the proper amount of care to keep their loved one safe at home, it may be time to consider a senior community. In these environments, trained caregivers provide oversight and assistance with the activities of daily living such as bathing, showering, and dressing so that families can rest assured their loved ones are taken care of as they age. Additionally, many senior communities are equipped with assistive technology and disability support for elders who are no longer able to move around on their own.
It's up to the family to decide whether or not their loved one should remain at home or move into a senior community, and Seniorly aims to provide all the resources needed to make an informed decision about aging options. For more information, visit our resource center and type in topics that interest you. You can then browse through our articles on senior living, home modifications, financial planning and more!
Please let us know if you have any further questions. We're here to help!
The Seniorly Team