Five ways to prevent falls in aging family members at home

prevent falls in aging family members

It is saddening that most senior falls happen at home, and each year, millions of aging family members face these risks. Since these falls tend to lead to severe injuries that can easily become life-threatening, you have a mandate to protect your elder loved ones. Here are five ways to minimize the risks of older adults falling at home:

1.   Make your home smart

Technology is simplifying life by automating functions that would otherwise require a lot of time or effort. Today, there are many electronic devices that you can invest in to make your home smart. When it comes to the safety of aging family members, you need a rapid response medical system that you can always count on.

An effective way to go about this is by going through medical alert systems reviews and choosing a high-ranking gadget for your loved one. These gadgets will help your elderly loved ones to live independently while having the peace of mind that medical assistance is ever within reach if they fall while at home alone.

2.   Maintain proper lighting

You need to eliminate dark areas at home if you want to avoid senior falls. One of the best ways to do this is to brighten your home through multi-lighting while placing more focus on hazardous sports such as entryways, stairways, and hallways. During the day, you should maximize the available natural light by installing bigger windows and opting for highly functional blinds.

3.   Invest in non-slip floors

Slippery floors are to be avoided at all costs in a home where seniors live. Avoid smooth floor surfaces by having non-slip floors installed, especially in bathrooms, porches, and kitchens. Many times, all it takes for an elderly family member to fall is a small spill on the floor. Non-slip floors reduce these risks as they do not easily get slippery when wet. You should also avoid having slippery mats by securing them with carpet tacks or replacing them with non-slip rubber mats.

4.   Install grab bars and handrails

One of the best remodeling ideas that will also assist in keeping your aging family members safe is installing handrails and grab bars. These are simple yet highly efficient upgrades that will make dangerous areas such as stairs and bathrooms safer. For excellent functionality, have your grab bars and handrails strategically and properly installed, so they provide the needed support and balance.

5.   Discuss needs and seek professional assistance

Talking with your elderly family members will make it easier to understand their needs better. Concerns such as regular dizziness, problems with balance, and current health conditions will help develop a better safety plan. It is best to share the health concerns of your elderly loved ones with their doctor for professional advice on how best they can be safe even when alone.


Falls are dangerous when they happen to the elderly as their bodies are fragile. Preventing falls at home is an important step to ensuring your loved ones are in a safe living space.

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