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Fall Prevention is the Best Cure for Senior Safety – Insurance

By brian barrick
May 30, 2013

Safety checks should be conducted in assisted living facilities and seniors’ personal homes to make the environment fall proof.  The checks should be performed by someone with expertise in fall prevention education and accident prevention.  Insurance premium rates for the facility will reflect your diligence.

You must implement the senior’s own use of personal caution in taking care of him.  Keep the individual toned by non-taxing exercises in bed and while seated in a chair.  Balance exercises are very helpful.  Falls that result in hip or knee surgery are commonplace and can be permanently disabling.  Not only is the fall itself prone to permanently injuring the individual, these injuries frequently require surgery.

The environment should have no loose throw rugs or small foot stools and other impediments that cause falls.  Keep in mind the failing sight of seniors when examining for safety hazards.  Slip resistant flooring is beneficial, and availability of numerous hand rails essential.  Bathrooms should have rails for access into a seated shower.  Toilets must have not only rails for lifting and lowering oneself but also have elevated seats.  Since the bathroom is most likely to house an accident, attention should be especially given this room.  An emergency bell or buzzer can be an inexpensive tool to summon assistance.  Seniors frequently suffer dizzy spells and the bell alert could prevent a fall.

You must not overlook the actual bed area when eliminating safety hazards.  Bed rails and hand rails for balance in rising up or lowering one’s body into bed aid balance when standing up.  Lighting in the bed area should be easily reached while the senior is still in bed.  Personal walker availability should be a prerequisite, even when the senior disavows need.  Fall prevention education should extend to the senior as well as those giving assistance.

The home should have mandatory fire and other emergency safety equipment.  Wheelchairs should be available for speeding evacuation of seniors. Smoke detectors, sprinklers and automatic doors are required by law in most assisted living quarters, and smoke detectors with alarms should be in every private home.  The private home should also have window or door stickers alerting rescue first responders that there is a senior needing assistance inside.

Fall prevention education can help to eliminate many injuries in assisted living homes.  The cost of implementing safety precautions is minimal compared to the possible injury prevention and suffering to seniors in your care.

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