Fall Prevention for the ElderlyUncategorized
In the United States alone, one in four elderly people falls every year. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury for those over the age of 65. If you have an elderly parent, grandparent, or neighbor that you are concerned about, you can help prevent falls with these tips.
Stay in Good Health
A few of the most common contributors to falls are health-related. Falls can happen because of poor vision, a lack of balance, or dizziness because of a chronic condition. Make sure your loved one is getting regular health checkups with their primary care physician and their eye doctor. If the senior in your life lives alone, you should also encourage them to wear an alert device that will call for help if a fall occurs.
Research Medications and Side Effects
Most prescription and over-the-counter medicines come with some kind of side-effects, including affected balance. Be sure to help your loved one research their medications and learn about the secondary effects they can have. Seniors can also speak to their doctor about any concerns they have. If they take more than one medicine, they should also ask their doctor how the medications will react together.
Create a Safe Environment
Many falls occur in and around the home. Luckily, there are ways you can help make your loved one’s home a safer place to live. Clear away any clutter and electrical cords that are in pathways. You should also repair areas that could cause your senior to trip, like loose carpeting or uneven cement paths. Railings on the stairways and in the bathroom are also very helpful.
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