As people age, they are more likely to suffer from joint issues, which make them prone to falling. As this video demonstrates, you can implement several changes around your house to reduce your loved one’s risk of injury and ensure that he or she has a safe environment in which to move.
First, make sure that all area rugs are fastened to the floor or fitted with non-skid backing. If you have rugs with loose ends or corners, take care that they are also tacked down. Clear all electrical cords from high-traffic areas and keep frequently used kitchen items within easy reach. Install handrails on both sides of your staircase. If possible, also put handrails in your bathrooms, as older individuals are susceptible to falls while in the shower. While your loved one may still suffer from poor joints, you can do your part to make certain that they are safe in your home.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center’s Total Joint Program offers older individuals the opportunity to strengthen and rehabilitate their joints to prevent future injury and immobilization. To learn more about the programs that we offer, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746.