There’s no guarantee that you can prevent every possible fall that your senior might experience, but you can take steps to ensure that a fall is far less likely. Try some of these ideas in your senior’s home.
Pay Special Attention to Stairs.
One of the biggest fall risks of all for your aging adult is stairs. They become infinitely more of an issue if your elderly family member uses a cane or walker. Make sure that any hand rails are securely attached and if there aren’t any, add some. For exterior stairs, consider adding a ramp. With interior stairs, ensure that the stair treads are secured and that any carpet isn’t frayed or potentially a tripping hazard. You might want to consider whether a stair lift is a possibility, too.
Clutter is basically anything, regardless of how useful it could be, that is in the way or that could become a tripping hazard. Cords, rugs, and miscellaneous items are all a big problem when it comes to clutter. Try to find a new home for anything that’s in the way and make sure that all pathways in the house are as clear and open as possible. Make sure if your senior uses a walker or a cane that she has clearance for those, as well.
Mark Off Different Areas.
Areas that transition or that have shadows no matter what can create a visual problem for your senior. Try using brightly-colored or glow-in-the-dark tape to delineate those different areas from each other. This can help your elderly family member to spot thresholds when she walks into a new room, for instance, or spot the edge of a large area rug. You can also use the tape idea on stairs to mark the edge of each tread.
Enlist Some Help.
If your elderly family member has mobility issues, vision problems, or simply is afraid that she might fall, it can be a good idea to have home care providers there with her. They can help her to navigate any areas that are troublesome for her. They can also let you know when they spot any differences in your elderly family member’s behavior that could indicate that she might be more likely to fall.
The more that you can do to prevent falls, the less likely a fall will probably be for your aging adult. If you do spot any changes that indicate she might be more susceptible to falling, talk to her doctor right away. Her doctor can help you to find a solution that manages the issue before it becomes a problem.
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She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.
Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.
Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.
Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.
She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.
Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).
She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.
Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.
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