Installing grab bars in the bathroom are a great way to improve the safety of the older adults in our lives. But there’s more to improving safety than just purchasing a pair of grab bars. Try these helpful tips to improve the safety of your loved one when they’re getting in and out of the tub.
Practice Makes Perfect
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Are you looking for a device that can help your loved one lower his or her risk of falling in the home? How about one that fits in the palm of your hand? Surprisingly this post isn’t about the latest generation of smart phones, but the good old-fashioned nightlight.
I have found that many older adults fall at night simply because adequate and accessible light is not available. A routine trip to the bathroom could potentially result in injury. Unfortunately, in this country, falls related injuries continue to be one…
Growing up my group of friends spent time at the local playgrounds trying to figure out if the sneaker with the pump up feature could help you run faster. Our methods weren”t exactly scientific but we eventually came to our senses and figured out that a pair of over priced sneakers won’t make you a better athlete.
However did you know older adults can reduce their risk of falling by choosing the right pair of shoes? Allow me to guide you through some of the key features to look for in a shoe that…
If you’re not sure about which walking device is the right one for a loved one with mobility issues then you’re not alone. There are a numerous amount of choices that available both online and at your local medical supply store.
I have found many people end up choosing the rollator because of its features. This is not surprising when you consider it has a fold down seat, travel basket, four wheels and a set of brakes.
Now before you run out to the store to purchase a rollator you need to understand that it’s not the right device for everyone.…
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Did you know that using a cane or walker that has not been adjusted for your height can actually cause more harm than good? I’m always concerned when I see people using walking devices that are either too long or short because it can change their walking pattern and may not provide adequate amount of support. This can result in an increased risk of falls and injury to the shoulder or hip.
So how do you know if your walking device is set at the proper length? When you hold your walking device in standing position…
Staying active can be as simple as going out for a walk. That’s right, there’s no expensive equipment to buy or gym contract to sign. If that’s not enough incentive, here are some benefits of daily walking.
Follow these easy steps reap the benefits of an outdoor walking routine.
Dress your feet
I recently met with a few of our adult day center’s Chinese speaking members to discuss the importance of home safety and exercise. Despite our differences in age, I realized that our time together was both enjoyable and productive.
I found out right away that one of the advantages of meeting with a smaller group is the willingness of everyone to share their experiences. Their stories brought to life some of the principles I presented.
Just A Few Examples
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Recently I’ve been brainstorming about how I can make my presentations at local senior centers more relevant and applicable. I have appreciated the honest feedback of many older adults who have shared they’ve already heard the basic points of my talks.
However, they value the time I spend answering their questions. With that in mind next week I’m planning to visit our own adult day center with a more interactive approach.
Can I Pour You A Cup of Tea?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year about one in three older adults will experience a fall. Many of these falls occur in the home due to the presence of safety hazards. I have found the stairwell to be a common area for falls to occur.
Fortunately safety hazards can be corrected. Follow these steps to improve the safety of your stairwell.
Along the same lines, using the right equipment can enable people with certain physical limitations to safely accomplish every-day tasks in the home. If you use any of these common household items for these (or similar) reasons, allow me to share with you a few safer options.
1) Avoid holding onto the towel rack to enter and exit the bathtub or shower.…