Bedroom

 

Risk Factors Prevention
  • Poor lighting
  • Electrical cords across the floor
  • Beds/chairs that don't suppoort safe egress
  • Obstacles in pathways
  • Sliding throw rugs
  • Upended carpet edges
  • Ensure a light is within easy arm’s reach of the bed, and use nightlights to illuminate the path from the bed to the bathroom
  • Avoid rearranging bedroom furniture so people with limited vision do not stumble over objects and fall
  • Provide bright light making it easier to avoid obstacles and furnishings
  • Rearrange lights and electronics along the walls and out of pathways
  • Remove clutter so paths are wide, straight and clear
  • Remove throw rugs from pathways or secure them with non-slip backing
  • Position closet shelves between waist and shoulder high to avoid excessive bending/reaching
  • Ensure proper bed height (when sitting on edge of bed, elder’s knees should be 90 degrees, with both feet flat on floor)
  • Use enabling side rail/transfer pole to assist with safe bed egress
  • Provide stable chairs with armrests to help people with weak arms stand up safely

Other Areas of Fall Prevention

We started working with Right at Home about a month ago to provide services for my mother who has Alzheimer's and to provide support to my father (her primary caregiver) six days a week. So far we have had an excellent experience. The caregivers are supportive, caring people and have given my Dad a much deserved break as well as providing knowledgeable care for my Mom. I have also been impressed with the structures and processes put in place to insure that we get consistent, reliable care. Our relationship with Right at Home is still new but we couldn't be happier.

JJ

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