Falls and the Elderly – Don’t Miss These Four Overlooked Hazards

 Home Health Care in Berkeley: Falls And The Elderly

Home Health Care in Berkeley: Falls And The Elderly


Falls when you’re elderly pose serious threats. Most people think of loose rugs, uneven tiles, a slippery bathtub floor, or stairs and take precautions to reduce the risk of a fall in those areas. There are other areas that are often overlooked. We take a closer look at four of them.


Door Sills

With an entry door or sliding patio door, there’s likely a height difference between the outside surface and the interior flooring. This difference can lead to tripping and falling. If it’s not possible to add a sloped grade to make it easier for people with mobility issues, make sure there is something the person can hold while stepping into or out of the house.


Raised Transition Strips

Transition strips cover the seam where two kinds of flooring meet. You’ll find transition strips where carpeting meets tile or wood flooring. Many transition strips are also raised by half an inch or more. If the transition strip sticks up, it’s easier to catch it while walking from room to room. That’s all it takes to lead to a fall.

When transition strips are needed, use the lowest height possible. Try to make them a color that stands out and is more noticeable. If the transition strip is within reach of a wall, consider adding a handrail to offer support when stepping over it.


New Decking

Pressure treated or freshly waterproofed wood used on decks can be slippery when wet. After a rainstorm, it’s important to wear shoes with good traction. If that’s not possible, avoid using the deck until it’s dried off. Also, watch for the growth of algae on wood that’s in shadier areas. Algae is very slippery when it gets wet.


Over-the-Counter Remedies and Medications

Many over-the-counter medications and prescription medications can lead to lightheadedness. This includes allergy medications, cold remedies, and high dosages of some vitamins and supplements. Make sure all possible side effects are understood before taking any medication. If a medication or supplement makes a senior feel dizzy, talk to a doctor. It may be recommended to take the medication before bed or when there’s an opportunity to sit or lay down for an hour or two.

Have someone on hand when medications are taken. Hire a caregiver for your mom and dad. Caregivers can watch for signs of lightheadedness and make sure your parent sits and rests until the dizzy spell passes. Caregivers are also happy to join your parents for walks or drive them to appointments and area businesses. Call a home care agency to find out more about their services.


If you or an aging loved-one are considering home health care in Berkeley, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203

Evan Loevner, CEO

As a former hospital administrator, I launched Aviva with the goal of having a more focused, direct impact on the delivery of care than I could ever accomplish within a hospital setting. For me, the joy of running an organization like Aviva In-Home Care is having the ability to positively improve the lives of individuals needing customized care. As a passionate San Francisco resident, I know that many local seniors can benefit from new approaches to in-home care, that will bring them more connection to the community, and provide families with a greater sense of comfort that their loved one is indeed matched with an ideal caregiver. This starts by including the family throughout the care planning process, a key component of the concept of “family-centered care,” which has been adopted by top medical centers. A strong communication loop between family, the caregiver, Aviva management, and community healthcare practitioners is essential for ensuring that all the needs of the client are met. While this may not sound like a novel concept, it is not commonly practiced within the home care community.

At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.

As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.