For seniors, tripping and falling can result in more than bumps and bruises. With age, bones become more fragile. Even minor falls can lead to broken bones and long-term health ramifications. One reason Oklahoma seniors and those who love them decide to transition from independent living to an assisted living center in OKC is Oklahoma assisted living facilities are staffed by personnel committed to keeping residents safe. When your loved one closes the door of his or her assisted living apartment, though, accidents can happen. Here are tips to increase the likelihood they won’t happen.
Whether your relative has been a resident at an Oklahoma assisted living facility for years or you’re preparing to move your loved one into an assisted living center in OKC for the first time, vow to hazard-proof the living space. Walk through the apartment armed with pen and paper so you can make a list of potential hazards. A bunched-up rug, dark hallway or power cord-strewn floor can all be tripping hazards. Identify risks and then implement solutions, such as using double sided tape to secure the rug, installing a nightlight in the hallway and reconfiguring and concealing the electrical cords.
A common site of slips and falls is the bathroom because it’s a small space that can be difficult to maneuver for those with limited mobility. Make sure your relative’s bathroom is equipped with sturdy hand rails throughout. If the shower doesn’t include a built-in seat, purchase a stool or bench designed for use in the slippery shower environment. Make sure the floor is covered by secure bathmats that lie flat and have anti-slip backings.
Senior living facilities are staffed round-the-clock, but if an accident happens in your relative’s apartment, his or her cries for help may not be heard immediately. Fortunately, there are all kinds of wearable technologies on the market that allow users to easily signal for help. Many devices are worn around the neck on a chain. To signal for help, the wearer simply reaches up and pushes a button.
Some seniors are fiercely independent and consider asking for help a weakness. Independence is a wonderful virtue to have. Knowing when to ask for help is too. If you’re worried about a loved one who could use help with tasks, such as bathing, cleaning and other routine tasks, but refuses to ask, have a conversation with him or her. Then have a conversation with the head of the assisted living facility. Explain your concerns so staff will check in with your relative more frequently. You aging relative may resist asking for help but will probably gladly accept an unsolicited offer of help from an astute staff member.
The Village at Oakwood team values our residents’ independence but always makes safety the priority. We’re one of the most affordable assisted living facilities in the Oklahoma City area and, arguably, the best! Contact us today to learn more.