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How Do You Arrange a Living Room to Reduce the Risk of a Fall?

Elder Care in Pittsburgh PA: Reducing the Risk of Falls for Seniors.

Elder Care in Pittsburgh PA: Reducing the Risk of Falls for Seniors.

You want your parent’s living room to be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.  The wrong layout, however, can increase the risk of a fall.

Here are rules you should follow when arranging your mom or dad’s living room.

Arrangements Needed to Consider Typical Routes

When your mom or dad gets up to go to the kitchen or bathroom, what path is used?  If there are furnishings that block the most direct path, consider rearranging the furnishings to create clear paths to frequently used areas.

Furniture Shouldn’t Be Too Low or Soft

If the furniture is too soft or sits too low to the ground, your aging parent may struggle to get out of it.  Some seniors will end up falling over in the attempt to get enough momentum to stand up.  Rather than increasing the fall risk, choose seating that is higher off the ground.  Also, look for furniture that has arms your mom or dad can safely grab.  Firmer seating with better back support will also make it easier to stand up.

Power Cords Should Be Out of the Way

If you want a lamp to be in one spot, but the nearest outlet is across the floor on an opposite wall, don’t risk it.  Even if you cover the cord with tape or a rug, you’re increasing the chances of tripping and falling.  Make sure power cords are out of the way, preferably hidden behind furniture.

Rugs Can Trip

Over time, the edges of a throw rug can curl up.  As your mom or dad walks through the room, toes might catch that curl.  Rugs may also slip on smooth surfaces like hardwood flooring.  The resulting fall can lead to serious injuries.  Try not to use rugs.  If they are essential to your design, put non-slip padding under the rug and inspect regularly for curled edges.

Sharp Corners and Edges Are Best Avoided

If a table has a sharp corner or edge, your mom or dad may bump it or catch it with loose clothing.  Walking in the table may leave some bruises.  More importantly, if the corner snags clothing, it can pull your loved-one off balance.  Rounded edges are a better idea when picking an end or coffee table.

Even with a safe living room design, your mom or dad might need additional help around the house.  You can have a caregiver from an elderly care service available to help your mom or dad get up and to the bathroom safely.  Caregivers also help with transportation, housekeeping, and meals.  Call an elderly care service to talk about the services a caregiver can offer your aging parent.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Pittsburgh, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Liken Home Care.
Call (412) 693-6820 or (855) 856-0551

Robert D. Liken CPC, CTS, President

President Liken Home Care at Liken Home Care
Graduate of Penn State University, 1970

Business Administration / Accounting Major

Has been in the staffing business since 1970.The original company LIKEN SERVICES, INC. was a general service staffing company specializing in the administrative, clerical, secretarial all office support staff positions (both temporary and direct hire) with 14 branch offices in and around W. PA and Upstate NY.As a division of that company, LIKEN HEALTH CARE, INC. was started in 1974 as a medical staffing company that staffed hospitals and other health care facilities.In 1976,we began to “follow the patients home” and at that point we started providing private duty home care. In 1995, the general staffing company was sold to a national, public company, and the health care staffing company was retained. Since 1995, we have concentrated our efforts in the health care marketplace.

Due to the aging baby boomers and the fact people are just living longer, in the late 90’s we refocused the company and today Liken specializesin providing private duty assisted living to those who need help to remain at home.A valuable service that allows an individual to remain independent in their homes for a much longer period of time as well as maintain a high level of quality of life.

Today, we specialize in providing private duty home care (Liken Home Care) to the elderly, the recovering ill, and the disabled in all of Western Pa.

In addition, Robert isCPC (Certified Personnel Consultant) and a CTS (Certified Temporary Staffing Specialist); professional designations of the National Association of Personnel Services.

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