I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Fall Prevention Tips Back
Did you know there are simple ways you can modify your home to keep you safe from dangerous falls that may lead to serious consequences? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three seniors experience falls every year that lead to injuries such as hip fractures, broken bones, cuts, and even serious head and brain injuries. As you age, these falls may become more possible due to physical changes that impair mobility or balance, health conditions that cause dizziness or other symptoms that contribute to a fall. So what can you do now to reduce your risk of falling?
Make a Plan
Let’s get started! Take a good look around your house. There are easy, simple things you can do today that will greatly decrease your chances of tripping or bumping into objects. Here is a quick checklist you can use right now to take a tour of your home and make necessary adjustments to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Look at the floors in each room. Do you have to walk around any furniture when walking through a room? Ask someone to move the furniture so your pathways are clear. Do you have throw rugs or mats? Remove the rugs, or use non-slip backing so rugs won’t slip. Are there stacks of paper, blankets, or other decorative objects on the floor? Pick those items up and begin storing those elsewhere from now on. How about wires or cords? If your lamp wire is a tripping hazard, coil or tape cords and wires next to the wall to prevent a fall.
If you have stairs or steps inside or outside your home, it is vital that you keep them clear of shoes, papers, or other objects. Are they in good repair? If any steps are broken or uneven, they will need to be fixed. Is the lighting for your stairs adequate? Add lighting and make sure bulbs are changed promptly to help light your path well. Are the handrails loose or broken? Make sure to get them fixed, and it is always helpful to have handrails on both sides of the stairs when possible.
Looking around your kitchen, are the things you use most often in your reach? Organize your kitchen to the things you use the most are on the lower cabinets. Have a sturdy step stool available should you need to reach.
Bathrooms can be a dangerous place in many ways. Is your tub or shower floor slippery? Put a non-slip rubber mat down to help as you bathe or shower. Getting in and out of the tub/shower or up from the toilet may require installing grab bars inside the tub and next to the toilet.
There are a few simple fixes that can make your bedroom a safer place to navigate. Insure that the light near your bed is close and easy to reach when you need to get up at night. Is the path from your bed to the bathroom dark? Put in a night-light or leave the bathroom light on at night so you can see where you are walking.
There are other measures you can take to help prevent falls. Exercising regularly increases strength and improves your balance and coordination. Discuss side effects of medications you take with your doctor. Some medications can make you sleepy or dizzy. Have your vision checked annually. When you get up after sitting or lying down, make sure you do it slowly.
If You Do Fall
Part of a fall prevention plan is making sure you can get help if you unfortunately experience a fall. Keep emergency numbers in large print near each phone. Make sure a phone is near the floor in case you fall and are unable to get up. You may even consider wearing an alarm device that will bring help in case you fall and can’t get up.
Although fall prevention might not be the most exciting aspect of your life to focus on; having a fall prevention plan in place will keep you up on your feet, allowing you to spend more time on the activities you love doing!
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of humor. From the start, we were comfortable with The Barrington. The residents were happy, friendly and outgoing; we even spoke with a couple of them. We were provided with an overview of the facility (both assisted living & independent living) and walked the property. From the front desk staff to the caregivers, all personnel were professional, caring and friendly. Unlike the numerous other ALFs we visited in the Tampa, FL, area, The Barrington offers 1 bedroom apartments; not studios. This makes your “home” feel like HOME not just one room with a bathroom. The units even have small kitchens and screened covered lianas (porches). Very nice touch! The Barrington was very clean; very important to us and my parents. We knew from the time we walked in to The Barrington, this was the place for Mom & Dad. As a result, we scheduled a second visit for my parents to visit the property. My parents were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the property; large facility surrounded by huge oak trees and even a swimming pool! If you have a vehicle, covered parking is provided; what a bonus. Again, we were greeted by Sherrie; she took the time to show my parents the grounds and treated us all to lunch. …..and a great lunch too! We met the chef and the food was really good. Our server, Jolene, was very personable and even though she did not know my parents, she joked with them and made them feel right at home. The Barrington has a Nurse Practitioner on site as well as a contractor providing on site physical therapy. My wife and I met all healthcare professionals and were pleased with all. How convenient; healthcare professionals on site and you don’t even have to get in the car to go anywhere. The Barrington has complimentary van service that meets everyone’s needs. In conclusion, The Barrington was the place we all decided would be “home” for Mom & Dad. My parents have been residents at The Barrington for about 1 month now and all is good. They have told me the residents are friendly and they like the staff. They have bragged how good the food is….very healthy options and if you don’t like healthy, then you can order a grilled cheese, hamburger or hot dog with onion rings. :o) Of course my parents are going through an adjustment but the staff at The Barrington have made Mom & Dad feel right at home. Since moving in, The Barrington continues to impress. On July 4, they had a cookout for the residents. They have happy hour one evening a week…..even took the residents to a local park for a picnic; also took the residents out for free slushy day offered by the 7-11 store. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered in the lobby and basic cable tv (BrightHouse) is provided free of charge in each residents room. Bottom line – Mom & Dad’s home cannot be replaced but The Barrington is the next best thing.
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.