Fall Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls this Fall!
Slips and falls should not be taken lightly when it comes to the elderly. Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. As we age, our body changes and we are more prone to serious injury. A little fall can cause serious complications for seniors.
In one of our previous articles on Elderly Home Safety, we learned the number of fall related incidents increased significantly over the last few years. Preventing falls and injury begins with knowing more and being better prepared.
On average 1 in 3 individuals over the age of 65 will fall at least once. The amount of fall related accidents rose significantly in the last years. Falls make it harder to get around and greatly limit the ability for elderly to live independently.
Fear falling no more…
THIS FALL, LEARN MORE ABOUT FALL-PREVENTION WITH THESE FEW AND EASY TIPS:
Consult with a Doctor and Discuss Current Health Conditions
What medications are you taking? Certain side effects from medications may increase our likeliness of falling. It is important to review all of the medications your aging loved one is taking with a doctor.
Have you fallen before? Like an incident report, you record all the details of what happened (when, where, how, etc). The purpose of this is to try to prevent the incident from occurring again. Discussing details like these with a doctor will also help them come up with a better fall-prevention strategy for the future.
Could current health conditions make you more likely to fall? Did you know eye and ear disorders can make us more unstable? Are you dizzy when you stand up? Do you feel joint pain, numbness or shortness of breath when you walk? These are all things to go over with your doctor.
If you’re afraid to exercise because you fear falling, talk to a doctor. The power of exercise can reduce your odds of falling. Physical activity can go a long way toward fall prevention. Gentle exercise will lower the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
Make Sure your Living Space is Safe
Remove hazards and de-clutter. Clutter and objects laying around make it difficult to navigate through your home. Clear traffic areas, make sure loose rugs are secured, and things are easily reached.
Ensure your home is well lit. Keep your home brightly lighted to avoid tripping or falling on objects that are hard to see.
Stairs. Make sure the stairs are secure and safe. Check for any unstable rails or steps inside and out of the house.
Use Assistive Devices as Needed
Use a cane or walker to help keep you steady and balanced. You can also install other assistive devices such as grab bars or non-slip mats.
Wear Sensible Shoes
It is essential to wear properly fitted shoes with nonskid soles. This is a simple tip that is commonly overlooked.
HELP REDUCE THE RISK OF FALLS AND KEEP YOUR AGING LOVED ONE LIVING HELAHTY AND INDEPENDENTLY AS LONG AS POSSIBLE BY FOLLOWING THE ABOVE.
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