Preventing Falls for Seniors

Although older adults may be able to keep their mind sharp, physical ability and reflexes are usually harder to preserve. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention informs us that one in every three adults over the age of 65 fall each year. 

While some falls may be minor, others could result in damages such as fractures or brain injuries, two possible long-term complications. These long-term problems can increase the price of medical bills and inhibit the independence of an elderly adult. 

 

It is important to try your best as an older adult or caregiver of an older adult to take measures in preventing falls. Among these guidelines are exercising daily, maintaining clear vision, wearing sensible shoes, being aware of your medication, and making easy fixes to your homes. 

Daily exercise is beneficial both mentally and physically. With stronger legs and a greater ability to balance, you can hold yourself up if you happen to slip. Your coordination is important and can make falls a less likely occurrence. 

Checking your vision at least once a year can help you avoid dangerous situations. Along with wearing comfortable and sturdy footwear both inside and outside of the house, you will be able to see where you walk and what you are stepping on.

Certain medications may have side effects including dizziness and drowsiness. If this is the case, it is important to be aware and try to do errands and activities that involve moving around before you have to take them. Otherwise, try to coordinate with others who could help you get the errands done. 

Making changes in the home may be one of the most advantageous adjustments. Simply keeping light in areas that might be darker and moving things to shelves with easier access can make a major difference. Double checking to make sure your steps are even and in place is key. By keeping lamps next to your bed, you won’t have to get up and walk back to your bed in that dark after turning off the light. In more intense cases, you may want to put a support bar to grab in places such as the bathtub, stairs, bedroom, and kitchen. 

Wearing an alarm may be a big help if falling commonly happens. If you fall, you can get the necessary help while not trying to move much. Keep important emergency contacts near each phone, so that the necessary people can be contacted. 

Following these steps can decrease the fear and likelihood of falling and create a more secure feeling in the home.