Have you seen the commercial sponsored by a home security firm that says, "When you are worried about what's happening at home, it's impossible to think about anything else"?
Does this ever happen to you when you are at school? When your mind wanders to wondering what's going on at home, it becomes hard to focus and to learn.
There's another security system commercial that shows someone who is on the floor saying "I've fallen and I can't get up!"
If you are worried about your family member falling, you are not alone! Not everyone is able to afford a security system and some people just don't think it is ever going to happen to them.
At AACY we always encourage you to take an active approach...what can you do to reduce your fears and concerns? One thing is takes some steps to help your family member prevent falls! Begin by having a talk with your family to let them know you are concerned and that falls don't have to happen.
Then take some fall prevention steps:
- Eliminate scatter rugs that someone can trip over
- Remove clutter so that pathways are clear
- Provide only flat supportive shoes rather than slip on ones
- Encourage your family member to get up slowly
- Make sure assist devices such as a walker or cane are in reach
There is no doubt that sometimes no matter how hard we try, accidents still happen. Know that such an accident is not your fault!
If you would like a CYP team member come to your home to check on your loved ones risk of falling and to offer suggestions for preventing falls, call the CYP office (561.391.7401) to discuss this and any concerns you have as you care for your family member(s). Together we will help you make this your best school year ever!