Posted on 27/10/2020

How to help prevent your relative from falling at home

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How to help prevent your relative from falling at home

October has been balance and falls month at NRS Healthcare and for our final week we’re focussing on ways you can help prevent your relative falls in your home.

It’s now getting darker earlier than before thanks to the changing seasons and the clocks going back. Don’t forget, if your relative has their lights on timer these will need to be adjusted to ensure the lights come on at the right time. Poor lighting could increase their chances of falling as it makes it harder for their brain to work out where they are and so makes it more difficult to balance.[1] See the room guides below for further tips to help prevent falls in the home.

The bedroom

Infographic suggesting a window pull to help open/close windows, a bed rail to make it either to get in and out of bed, sock helper to make it easier to dress, and a fall out mat to reduce the risk of injury if you fall out of bed

Our top products that may help:

The bathroom

Infographic suggesting a shower seat to reduce your risk of falling in the shower, grab rails, non-slip shower mat, and a toilet frame to make it easier to get on and off it

Our top products that may help:

The living room

Infographic suggesting to secure rugs with slip-free netting, use a grabber to reduce the need to bend or stretch, try a kitchen trolley to make it easier to carry drinks and meals from room to room, and bright lights to help light your way

Our top products that may help:

Outside the home

Infographic suggesting a rollator for support while walking, a grab rail by the door to make it easier to get in and out, a half step to help you climb big steps easier, and a walking stick.

Our top products that may help:

As ever, if you have any worries or concerns about your relative’s balance or risk of falling, please get them to speak with their doctor for further help and advice.

Other articles in this series:


[1] https://www.menieres.org.uk/information-and-support/the-balance-system

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