Falls are a leading cause of injuries for Senior Citizens. Darkness increases the risk of trips and falls. As we age, our eyesight is worse in the evening and night because our eyes don’t adjust as well to the changing light. Making changes around the house can lessen nighttime fall risk for Senior Citizens.
How to Limit Nighttime Fall Risk For Senior Citizens
- Make the Bathroom Safer – The main reasons Seniors are up at night is for the bathroom and water. Make the bathroom safe for Senior Citizens at night. Place an automatic night light in the bathroom. Replace throw rugs with non-slip mats.
- Install Stability Bars – Place grab bars in the bathroom for added support when getting on and off the toilet. Also, placing hand railings along hallway walls help Senior Citizens navigate dark corridors at night.
- Rearrange the Furniture – Take a critical look at furniture placement. A layout that works fine in the daylight could cause obstacles during the nighttime hours. Establish a clear path to prevent colliding with furniture.
- Wear House Shoes – Encourage your loved one to wear high-traction slippers or socks around the house at night. Not only do these keep your feet warm, they also provide extra traction to prevent slips and falls.
- Help Senior Sleep Through the Night – Nighttime fall risks are significantly lower for Senior Citizens when they sleep through the night. Talk to your loved one’s healthcare provider about sleep-related issues such as sleep apnea, insomnia, and daytime fatigue. Limit the use of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco before bed. Plus, improved sleep quality helps in many facets of life.
Anita’s Angels’ caregivers are well trained in how to take care of your loved ones through the entire year. Schedule time to talk about your Senior Citizen’s age-in-place. We are Families Helping Families. Call 908-788-9390.