I have to move my 83 year old dad to Vegas. The house that he wants has tile in the bed and bathrooms. He wears socks to bed and does not put on house shoes when he gets up at night to go to the bathroom. I am worried about him slipping. One idea is to cut out the tile around where the bed will be and insert cork. As well as around the toilet and sink. OR are none slip rugs the way to go? I know taking out only the tile I want wont be easy but I wont have to worry about the rugs coming loss or sliding. All and any ideas would be helpful
area rugs large enough to tuck under the bed legs sounds like a smashing good idea to me. large non-slips would work in the bathroom, but of course you understand that the rubber backing is going to break up and/or stick to the floor within a year.
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I completely understand your concern and compliment you on dealing with this issue now. I've dealt with the falling issue with both my parents, and am still dealing with it. It's a scary prospect, especially when you're not geographically close.
I'm going to check the list of suggestions received from various therapists over the years for anything I might have forgotten, but generally the guidelines they have recommended, as well as ones we've developed ourselves, are:
1. No rugs (even nonslip, as you can never tell when they will wear out), although I think Swschrad's idea of anchoring them is a good one. Move anything that's a trip hazard out of the pathways in the house. Arrange the furniture along the pathways so if your father slips, he can try to grab onto the furniture. Install grab bars along the walls, especially at transitions between rooms.
2. Another possibility is to try to find large sized rubber mats that fit into the bathtub and lay out a path from the bedroom to the bathroom.
3. Yet another possibility is to place the bed as close to the bathroom wall as possible, and have grab bars installed (screwed into the studs, only - no anchors on these)at enough intervals that he can hold onto them to get to the bathroom.
4. Although not specifically related to the traction issue, get a Life Alert or similar pendant for him to wear at all times. This might be difficult if he's independent, as some of the older folks I know don't want to feel as if they might need this sort of help.
One of the caregivers I met who was dealing with this issue said she told her parent that the life alert pendant was for HER, as daughter, to provide her with peace of mind, thus taking the emphasis away from the parent's having to deal with his/her instability. Then your father can say "I don't need this, but my KIDS made me wear one!"
5. Again, not specifically related, but check out the File of Life boxes, with pertinent medical information in the event an accident does occur. I have a list of my father's meds, pacemaker info and my contact info on a 3-5 index card which he carries with him at all times. I also have a detailed medical history which I take with me as well.
I don't recall all the details, but I believe that a house key typically is stored in an outdoor File of Life box in the event of an emergency (until your father gets to know the neighbors and can find someone he trusts to have an additional key).
6. Put a commode or urinal by the bed in case he just doesn't feel like walking to the bathroom.
7. See if you can get him to wear gripper socks to bed; they at least provide some traction.
8. Are there grab bars in the bathroom, or do you plan to have any installed? If not, this is a good idea.
9. Put phones in every room.
10. What about lighting in the bedroom? Do you plan to have lamps next to the bed?
11. Set up a minimum of morning and evening check-ins. If anything did happen and he failed to make the check-in, at least you would have some idea there might be a problem.
This may seem like smothering, but here's a good example of why it's needed. A friend of my father's who lives alone fell at the base of her stairs. She had no cell phone or Life Alert pendant, and laid on the floor for FOUR DAYS before her out-of-town family grew suspicous and had a neighbor check on her. As might be expected, the complications from the fall were more serious than if she had been able to get more immediate medical help.
12. Explore the possibility of getting PT for your father to strengthen his legs, core and endurance. A neurologist who spoke at an AAA Expo said that there are 3 inputs of balance: vision, hearing, and the combination of nerves, muscles, balance, etc.
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Adding one more suggestion: Install a floating cork floor directly on top of the tile. This will give a good, non-slip surface everywhere plus will be a little warmer on the feet (if that is a problem in Vegas). Also, assuming that someday you will want to sell the house, the floating floor can be removed and the floor converted back to the original tile in a very short time.
Thanks for the ideas. Some I have thought of other will think more on. I dont like the carpet under the bed legs only because there will be to places for tripping. coming into the bedroom and and the bathroom. The floating floor cork if I extend it into the bathroom seems pretty good. I am still leaning toward cutting out the tile in specific places and putting in cork. I really like the hand rails through out the house.
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