The number one reason you should inspect your parents home for fall hazards is of course, their safety. You want your parents to live a safe life in the comfort of their own home and the first step in doing this is inspecting and getting rid of any hazards. It is important you don’t let anything escape your eye or mind. Even the small plastic ball for their dog left on the carpet can lead to your parents tripping on it and then lead to a very serious injury. Cracks, uneven carpeting, slippery floors, etc, are all things you should look out for. We have an article that goes over multiple steps you can take to make your home “fall proof.”
The second reason why you should inspect your parents home is for the safety of others, including yourself. Just because seniors fall and injure their body, doesn’t mean you can't either. Think about it, if you visit your parents and fall, and then injure yourself, what does that say about their safety? They are more likely to fall and if their children injure themselves then it is also likely they will themselves. Also, consider the safety of anyone else coming and going from the household. A caregiver, grandchildren, nieces and nephews are all prone to injuries and it is important that when they visit your parents, they too can feel safe while spending time with them.
Now you are thinking to yourself, “What am I looking out for?” The truth is, everything. As I stated earlier, at stopthefall.org we have multiple articles on this matter and I also stated not to overlook anything. It’s true, even one throw rug in your bathroom is a hazard for your parents. Look for things that are obvious first, like carpeting, tiles, cracks, slippery surfaces, things of this nature that can lead to falls. Then look for things that you wouldn’t expect lead to falls, such as clutter, or the positioning of objects in the rooms of their home. Just because they live on one floor, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t inspect the others as well. You never know if they need to get to a different floor so they can obtain this item or store something away. In our article, “5 Steps To Prevent Falls At Home,” we go over the different things you need to look out for in depth and steps you can take to prevent falls.
Inspecting your parents home for hazards that can lead to injurious falls is easy and does two things. One, it makes them feel safer after all the hazards have been identified and eliminated. Two, it shows them you still care and love them. No matter what, at the end of the day, they are your parents. You, as their children, should look out for them in every way possible, ensuring they are safe for as long as they live in the comfort of their own home. Eliminating fall hazards from your parents home drastically reduces the chances of them injuring themselves or worse and keeps you happy knowing they are safe and happy in their home.
- Happy Walking