Elderly individuals are at a high risk of being injured due to falls. This is due to a combination of age-related factors. However, if you have a loved one in Wisconsin who has Alzheimer’s, his or her risk of falls is even higher than normal. According to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, the risk for Alzheimer’s patients is actually three times higher than normal.

You can help keep your loved one safer and help prevent falls by taking some easy steps. First, if your loved one is still at home and not in a nursing care center, then you may consider having a helper or aide come in each day to stay with him or her. Having someone there can help ensure your loved one has assistance when needed and does not take any unnecessary risks that could lead to falls.

You can also rearrange his or her home to make it easier to move around and get rid of any possible hazards that could lead to him or her tripping or falling, such as rugs or clutter. You can also install safety devices like hand rails and grab bars, especially on stairs and in the bathroom. It also helps to ensure your loved one has solid shoes with good soles that will not slip on floors.

While you probably cannot be there every minute of the day, doing small things can add up and really help protect your loved one from dangerous falls. This information is for education and is not legal advice.