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Injury Prevention Tips for the Elderly

As we grow older, we are not as spry as we used to be. You may bump into objects in the home. Sometimes, your feet might miss a step on the stairs and you have to grab the railing for support. The occasional stumble or vision issue might just seem like a fact of life. However, more serious injuries can also occur that could be prevented by taking the right precautions. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 2.8 million seniors become injured in falls and must be treated in emergency rooms. The nursing home abuse lawyers at Garcia & Artigliere provide several prevention steps you can take to keep yourself or your elderly family members safe.

Home Inspections and Modifications

Inspect the home for issues that can cause injuries, such as broken steps, loose railings or slippery floors. Perform the required modifications to make the house more “elderly-friendly.” Consider adding area rugs on slippery surfaces and tub bars so the elderly can more easily lift themselves up after bathing. You may also improve the lighting in the home and add outdoor ramps over steep or slippery steps.

Medication Safety

Forgetting to take medication, or taking the wrong dose, can cause significant medical issues to the elderly. If you are worried about a loved one taking the wrong medication, invest in pill cases that can be labeled by day and dosage. You can also use a calendar to keep track of the days the medication should be taken. When a new medication is prescribed, retain all accompanying information and write a list of all current prescriptions that you can present to the doctor to keep them informed. If you are worried about an elderly family member not taking their medication as prescribed, you can always hire a caregiver or nurse who can help administer their medication.

Getting Outside Help

Sometimes the best way to help the elderly is to arrange for professional caregiving services from a nursing home or senior community. Yet if you are worried that your loved one is being abused by nursing home staff, contact the nursing home abuse lawyers of Garcia & Artigliere. We will protect the rights of your elderly loved ones.