Fear of FallingBy Ashton, Jessica; Today's Caregiver,
Publication Date: March/April 2006
Article focuses on the risks and dangers of falling among older adults, and provides guidelines on how to make homes more conducive to safety. For example, sturdy handrails can be installed adjacent to steps, while glass tables should be replaced with wooden tables that have rounded corners. Furniture should be arranged so that there are open pathways, while electrical, telephone, and computer cords should be kept out of the way. In bathrooms, nightlights and bathroom rugs with non-skid backings can help to prevent falls, as can grab bars in the shower. All showers should be equipped with shatterproof glass as well. The author contends that older adults should also be encouraged by family and loved ones to stay active, as studies have shown that older adults who are more physically active are less at risk for falls and other accidents.
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