Client Safety: Preventing Slips and Falls

Falls can be serious, especially for those 65 and older. So, what can be done to prevent them?

At Senior Helpers, we train our franchisees and their employees to be able to provide care for clients in multiple ways, including housekeeping, personal and companion care, wellness watches, and so much more. Slip-and-fall prevention is one of the most important things we focus on.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things we provide training for so your franchise can make sure client safety is accounted for with slip-and-fall prevention.

The Danger of Slips and Falls

Statistics point out just how serious slips and falls can be for senior citizens. According to the National Council on Aging, “falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65-plus.”

Furthermore, the NCOA adds, “Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.”

Medications, balance and gait, vision, environment, and chronic conditions are some of the factors that can result in falls, according to the NCOA, so caregivers need to have the right training to watch out for those signs in clients.

The NCOA also points out that falls aren’t a natural part of aging, and the good news is they can be prevented.

How to Reduce Falls

The NCOA includes doing safety assessments, discussing medications, looking out for signs like holding onto something while walking, keeping up-to-date on eye examinations, being open about health conditions, and getting clients involved in their own safety as helpful ways to reduce slips and falls.

While doing a safety assessment, the NCOA recommends focusing on three areas: lighting, stairs, and bathrooms. There can never be too many lights, especially around stairs, and accessibility to switches is also important. Be sure to check that there are rails on both sides of a staircase for ultimate support, and grab bars can be added to the bathroom.

Keeping track of medications can be daunting, and missing a dose or experiencing side effects from doses taken, whether prescribed or over the counter, can be challenging when accounting for slips and falls. So having an open line of communication with clients about what they should and are taking is another important step, especially because some medications can cause dizziness.

Take note of how the client is walking. If they are using more aid from things such as walls or walkers than normal, that could be a sign of diminishing strength. Keeping up-to-date with eye checkups and health conditions, which also includes what medications are being taken, are two other easy steps the NCOA states.

One last way that falls can be reduced is helping the client understand the risk and signs, as well. It’s important for the client to be aware of what might or might not be a hazard for slips or falls.

Senior Helpers Provides Training

One of the great things about becoming a franchisee of Senior Helpers is that you’ll never be without all the training and support that you need. Don’t know much about preventing slips and falls? That’s okay! You’ll be provided with all the resources you need to effectively care for your clients, as well as train your employees to do the same. After all, we want all of our franchisees to succeed, which is why we go above and beyond to provide them with everything they might need to run a successful franchise.

For more information on how to franchise with Senior Helpers and receive all the training and support you need, contact us today to speak with a representative.