Bedroom Organization: Four Changes to Make That Can Keep Your Dad From Falling

According to the National Council on Aging, approximately six elderly adults fall and require emergency care each minute. Three times an hour, an elderly adult dies from injuries received in a fall. While more than half of all falls occur outside the home, per the World Health Organization, 26 percent occur on a level surface inside the home, and 3 percent of those occur when getting out of bed.

Senior Care Rochester NY - Bedroom Organization: Four Changes to Make That Can Keep Your Dad From Falling

Senior Care Rochester NY – Bedroom Organization: Four Changes to Make That Can Keep Your Dad From Falling

You want to get your dad’s bedroom organized. Keep fall prevention in mind. Make these four changes to help him avoid a fall in his bedroom.

Buy a Bed Support Rail

Has your dad fallen out of bed or when getting out of bed? Do you worry that he might? A bed support rail is a helpful device when it comes to preventing falls. If he tosses and turns a lot, the rail will keep him from falling off the bed. He can use it as a grab bar until he has gained balance.

Check for Loose or Slippery Flooring

Wood flooring can be slippery. If your dad has throw rugs for traction, make sure the rugs have a rubberized backing that prevents them from slipping. You should also check the edges to make sure they’re not curling up and causing a hazard. It may be better to remove rugs completely. When he gets up, he can put on his slippers and have soles that grip the floor and prevent him from sliding on the bare floor.

Install Motion Sensor Night Lights

Many seniors get up at least once during the night. Bladder control is harder as you age. Install motion sensor night lights in your dad’s bedroom and on the way to the bathroom to make sure he can see where he’s going.

Make Sure Storage is Plentiful

Items left on the floor or that slip onto the floor from a bureau, chair, or bed can be hazardous. If your dad put his robe on a chair, but it falls to the floor, he could step on it and slip or get tangled up. Make sure that there’s a storage spot for everything in his room. A coat hanger on the back of the bedroom door makes sure there’s a spot for his robe. Wooden shelving with bamboo baskets is also handy for smaller items like remotes, books, or shoes.

Hire senior care services to be there when your dad gets up. A steady arm is helpful at getting out of bed or in and out of the shower. Learn more by calling our senior care agency now.

Sources: https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts/
http://www.who.int/ageing/projects/1.Epidemiology%20of%20falls%20in%20older%20age.pdf

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Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

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