Fall Prevention : DME (Durable Medical Equipment)

Fall Prevention

by Connie Taylor on 09/19/16

Did you know that one in 3 adults aged 65 or older fall each year?  Older adults are hospitalized for fall related injuries 5 times more than for any other injuries. Falls are the main cause of broken bones and head injuries. Over 60% of falls happen at home and most of those occur in the bathroom.

The good news is that most of these falls can be prevented.  Be proactive!  With just a few easy fixes, many injuries could be avoided.  Below is a list of bathroom safety tips from the CDC:
  • Never lock your bathroom door.  It could prevent help from reaching you promptly.  Instead, use a Do Not Disturb sign.
  • Use an elevated toilet seat on the commode and a tub grab bar to get in and out of the bathtub.
  • A bath bench with a back provides comfort and safety when bathing or showering.  This should be used with an 84" long, hand held shower.
  • Use a non-skid bath mat in the bathtub and the shower floor.
  • Set the water heater thermostat at 120 degrees or lower to avoid scalds.
  • Use shower gel instead of bar soap that can slip out of your hands and on to the floor.
  • Install a nightlight that comes on automatically in dim light.
  • Mark water faucets clearly with "hot" and "cold" labels.
  • Replace faucet handles with easy-to-use levers.
Plaza Home Care offers a full line of bathroom aides.  Come by and see what's available.

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