Nighttime fall risk for Senior Citizens is a leading cause of injuries for the elderly. 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. Another factor in reducing the risk of nighttime falls is knowing if your Senior is more susceptible for a fall.
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.
Factors That Contribute to Night Time Fall Risks
In addition to creating a safe environment for your loved one to live in, especially if they are alone most of the time, there are certain personal factors that can cause a senior to be more apt to fall. Here are some reasons and causes to look at so you know if your elder loved one may be more prone to falling:
- Frequent Need To Urinate
- Medication side effects
- They are at a higher risk to fall in general. Take this assessment to see your seniors fall risk
- Mental illnesses such as dementia, depression, and anxiety disorders. Know the signs of mental illness in seniors.
- Weakness in the hips, legs, and knees
- The desire to constantly be up and moving around
Get Help For Your Senior
Many Senior Citizen live alone. This makes it difficult to know when they are struggling with fall risks or the factors that contribute to the risk of falling. Having someone check in on them weekly or daily helps reduce the likely hood they will have a spill.
Make sure the person checking in on them know what to look out for and can work with your loved one to ensure their environment is safe for them when they are alone and that they have a way to reach out for help if they do happen to have a fall.
Checking in on them doesn’t always mean you have to go see them in person. Call on the phone to check in on them or having a video chat with them are also excellent ways to check-in and it also reduces loneliness,
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.