Elder Caring Blog
JUNE: NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH
This month attention is given to safety!
By bringing awareness to safety issues we hope to prevent injuries and accidental deaths. It's time to repair broken steps and/or handrails, clean out medicine cabinet (reviewed earlier this month) and install lighting in dim hallways.
Here are some general tips to protect against accidental falls and promote safety:
Aisles, stairs and walkways should be clutter-free; spills should be wiped, dropped objects picked up and cabinet drawers closed when not in use.
Use handrails in stairways; take one step at a time and repair broken/loose stair coverings.
Apply non-skid floor coverings and slip-resistant mats where falls are likely. Slow down and take small steps when walking on a wet or slippery surface.
Wear proper footwear. Athletic shoes greatly reduce the risks of falls among the elderly. The risk of falling increases if in stocking feet or barefoot.
Store frequently used items in easy to reach areas.
Exercise regularly. The stronger the body, the more likely a person is to sustain a fall with minimal injury.
** GOAL IS SAFETY!!**