Aging Safely at Home

Monday, September 07, 2015

Millions of older adults visit emergency rooms each year for injuries related to falls, many of which resulted in a loss of independence and a need for long-term support. Dr. Edward Hill discusses how to age gracefully and safely at home by preventing falls in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Falls remain the leading cause of death and injury among older adults. Non-fatal falls often result in a loss of independence and a need for long-term support.

As we age, there are some steps that can be taken to allow safety and injury prevention in our homes.

To prevent falls, make sure all pathways throughout your home are clear of clutter and cords and remove throw rugs or tape down area rugs. Consider putting items that you use often in easy-to-reach places and stay active because overall strength results in better balance.

It is also important to keep your bathroom safe. Place non-slip mats in and outside your tub or shower. Purchase a shower chair or tub bench to sit on during bathing or use a licensed contractor to add grab bars by the toilet and around your tub or shower.

Think honestly about things that have become difficult for you and ask for assistance or consider an emergency call button that you wear at all times.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.