Every year, one out of every three adults aged 65 and above falls, and falls are one of the leading causes of accident-related deaths for older adults. One in every five falls results in a severe injury, such as broken bones or a head injury. There are a variety of hazards around the house that pose potential risks to older adults. The most common place for older adults to slip and fall is in the bathroom, and the least expected site of falls is the bedroom. Because slips and falls are so common in older adults and occur when we least expect them to, it is critical to cover all bases. Factors ranging from furniture placement to common household items may be hazards for tripping or can cause a fall. Bedroom safety precautions are essential for older adults living independently or in Elkton, FL assisted living. Although it is easy to overlook the hazards, they are also simple to correct. This checklist will assist you in identifying and fixing any risks in your loved one’s bedroom so they can have a good night’s rest.
Ensure an Appropriate Bed Height
Take the height of the bed into careful consideration, as one that is too high or too low can be a tripping hazard. The ideal height for older adults is between 20 and 23 inches, measured from the floor to the top of the mattress. An excellent test is to sit on the edge of the bed and check if both feet can reach and rest flat on the floor. If it doesn’t, adjust the bed frame or purchase bed risers.
Clear Area Surrounding the Bed
Clutter, electrical cords, and long bed linens are common causes of trips and falls. Keep the bedroom clutter-free by clearing clothes, bags, or laundry baskets in the walking path. Check to ensure that no pillows or blankets have fallen onto the walkway. Tuck all electrical cords behind furniture and avoid using bed linens, draperies, and bedspreads that are too long, to reduce tripping hazards. If there are carpets, ensure they are slip-proof or secured to prevent the edges from turning up.
Keep Lights Within Reach
Falls and bumps can happen when your loved one tries to move around in the dark. Install night lights or make lamps accessible that light the path to the bathroom or kitchen; this will help to prevent falls in the dark.
Install Support Structures
Prevent your loved one from rolling out of bed or falling by installing bed rails or bar grabbers around the bed. Some bed rails require a second person to adjust them, and some others may be easier for your loved one to change them. Select one that works best for your loved one. Place nightstands or a sturdy chair near the bed to support the weight of your loved one when they stand or try to balance.
Take Preventive Measures
Besides securing the space around the bed, your loved one can take precautions to prevent falls. They can wear indoor slippers with non-skid soles for better grip. Before standing up from the bed, advise them to place both feet flat on the floor, while sitting on the edge of the bed. Take a moment to make sure that they get their balance and are not feeling dizzy.