Avoiding accidental falls in residences for dementia persons
Author(s): Baka Aikaterini
Abstract: The homes are designed and constructed such as to protect the residents from the weather and environmental hazards, malicious actions of evildoers and provide a comfort living environment. Houses should provide securance in all house residents’ dependless on their age or health condition. The present article refers to the influence of the home environment on the accidental falls of dementia persons and focus on the particular residence characteristics that increases the risk of falls in dementia persons. It suggests prevention strategies, home assessment, and necessary modifications in house accommodation. The role of the engineer and of physician can be decisive in predicting and avoiding falls and eliminating the home accidents consequences. Firstly it is identified the potential hazards in all house areas, and analyzed the points, activities, and substances that may contribute to accidents. Subsequently, are ranked and sorted them. Finally, are determined the necessary amendments. Through this procedure, it is achieved risk control.