With the holiday season in full swing, it’s time to visit our friends and family. Pay close attention to seniors and those with chronic illnesses. As you make your rounds, look around the house. Is it a safe place to live, free of clutter or other fall hazards? Start by helping to create a safe living environment. According to EverydayHealth, 30% – 40% of older adults fall at least once a year. Next, help establish some kind of regular movement or exercise. Research shows that achieving a minimum of 50 hours of exercise over a six month period can effectively reduce the risk of falls for seniors. Although falls can occur anywhere, most recorded falls take place in the home. Here are a few tips on how to help your loved live happier and safer at home this holiday season.
Make your home clutter-free:
Cleaning up clutter, removing small furniture, pet gear and electrical cords are some ways to prevent falls at home. One of the easiest ways to prevent falls is to maintain a clean and clear home.