Strategies that Work: Fall Prevention

These strategies are examples of what has worked for other caregivers in the past. Many services are offered in the community to help caregivers—and those being cared for—cope with the challenges of daily living and reduce stress. Links within the table will take you to our Community Services page, where you will find a more detailed description of the service and, in some cases, coupons that will let you try the service at a special, introductory rate.

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Strategies and Available Services

Comments from Caregivers

Check home for safety Check for safety.  See the Center for Disease Control’s A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults “It helped to have all the possibilities in one place.  I can work on this with my mom.”
Have Chore Service provider do a home inspection. “I did not realize there were so many dangers in our home”
Get a physical or occupational referral from your doctor to identify safety concerns. “The therapist found areas to help dad in not falling.”
“We found out he was not using his cane right.”
Reduce the risk of falls Have vision checked and wear glasses or contacts “It had been 10 years since he got his eyes checked.”
Install Environmental Modifications that can increase safety in the bathroom, (i.e., grab bars and raised toilet seats). “He feels so much safer.”
Medicines can make you sleepy or dizzy.  Have medications checked by physician or pharmacist.  Get medication management assistance. “Having someone look at the medicines was helpful, there just seemed to be so many.”
Get a Personal Emergency Response System that will allow emergency personnel to be summoned at the touch of a button. “Now we both feel better knowing if something happens she can press a button for help.”
Contact Personal Emergency Response provider to install Monitoring Technology to help you easily stay in touch and feel assured. “I can see and talk to my mom from work.”
Hire a Homemaking aide to come once a week to help with light housekeeping, straightening up and reducing clutter. “Mom likes to have some help picking up after Dad.”
Needs to socialize with others Check out a Local Senior Center for activities and transportation, and fitness programs. “He likes to play pool there”
Reduce stress of family Utilize Respite options; Adult Day Centers, Out of Home Respite, Volunteers and In Home Respite for four hours once a week. “Helped me have time to do errands for her”

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