One of the concerns you may have as a family member is the fact that your grandparents may fall and how you can protect them from that. Every year, 1 in 4 elderly people fall every once in a while. However, there are a number of tips to help prevent your beloved grandparents from falling over.
Inspect daily life
Inspecting everyday life can bring many benefits. By following the daily activities in the house, you can keep track of what is being used and see if it is safe. For example, you can look for a carpet that is loose, a banister that is not completely safe or a door that is very heavy or closes quickly.
Making bathrooms safer
The bathroom is also a place in the house where many elderly people fall. A number of measures can be important to prevent older people from falling in the bathroom. Think, for example, of a handrail in the shower or near the toilet, so that less effort needs to be made to get up or stay standing.
In addition, a chair in the shower or an anti-slip mat can help to keep elderly people standing up in the shower. An anti-slip mat ensures that the elderly do not slip, while a chair ensures that your grandparents do not have to stand in the shower.
Exercising or doing sports can make your grandparents fitter and less likely to fall. Think of sports or exercises that they can do every day and are not very difficult, such as cycling or walking. Swimming is also very good for building strength in the body, especially for the torso, legs and arms.
Finally, it is important to talk to their doctor, if you are really concerned. Ask them what can be done to prevent your grandparent/s from falling over. Doctors often have many tips and speak from experience when it comes to measures that can be taken. They will also have a good understanding of your family member’s health so that they can actually give tips that apply to your grandparents.