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Reduce Fall Exposures

By brian barrick
November 20, 2012

There are several steps to take to aid in reducing the chances of someone falling when they live in your adult family home.

The first step to reduce the chances of someone falling when they live in your adult family home is to make sure that you review all of the medications that the person is going to be taking when they are in your care.  This also means that you are going to need to assist residents in making sure they are taking medications as prescribed by their doctor.  But most importantly you are going to need to look at all of the side effects of a particular medication and help to alter their living situation if the side effects include dizziness and drowsiness.
The second step to reduce the chances of someone falling when they live in your adult family home is to make sure that you remove any hazards that could be in the home that a person could trip over.  Scheduling routine checks throughout the day is a simple way to make sure hallways, entrance ways, and the general living areas are free of both debris and falling hazards.

 

The third step to reducing falls is to add grab bars on the inside and outside of the tub or shower and next to the toilet in the bathroom. Adding better lighting inside of the home so that people are going to be able to see where they are walking is also a great idea. These additional aides will help to prevent your residents that are prone to falling from taking a dangerous fall.

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