One in three seniors fall each year, according to the CDC. The older a person gets the more likely it is they’ll have to be hospitalized for injuries from falling. Home Instead Senior Care of Eastern Iowa says there are simple ways to help prevent those falls. Home Instead is offering free home safety checks to help lower the number of accidents seniors have in their homes.
When they come in they check each room of the house, including the basement and garage looking for hidden hazards that can cause accidents. Many times these are everyday items, such as area rugs which seniors can trip on or a towel bar in the bathroom. Many seniors will use towel bars to help them get in and out of the shower but they aren’t designed to hold a persons weight and can break, causing a fall. Home Instead recommends installing safety bars instead. Karen Huber, owner of Home Instead, says home safety checks should be done at least once a year.
People are wanting to stay home, they want to stay in their house as long as they possibly can and we want to make sure they’re safe in the house they live in, said Huber.
Other hazards they look for include long cords and clutter in main pathways which can be tripping hazards. The home safety checks can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the size of them. To get a free home safety check for you or a loved one you can call Home Instead Senior Care at 319-247-0400. If you would like to check your loved ones home yourself for hazards you can print off a home safety checklist by clicking here.