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Avoiding Senior Falls

Jun 8, 2015 by Anonymous

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of every 3 adults over age 65 will experience a fall this year. These falls lead to over 2 million emergency room visits and many long, painful healing processes. In order to avoid becoming a part of this statistic, you can take several steps to help keep your senior loved ones safe.

Watch for tripping hazards.

The first step to avoiding senior falls is simply looking for areas of their home that may cause them to trip. Look for curled up edges on rugs and mats, clutter on the floor, or poorly placed furniture. Cords that stretch across walkways should also be removed. Besides items that could cause trips, look for areas that could become slippery, such as hard surface floors in the kitchen, entryway, or bathroom. Ensure that these areas are kept clean and dry, and install nonskid mats where necessary.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Good balance and muscle health makes a significant difference in avoiding falls and reducing injuries when a fall is experienced. Participating in regular exercise and eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables will help seniors maintain a high level of mobility and balance.

Monitor the effects of medication.

It is always important to be educated on the possible effects caused by prescription medications. Though they may be taken for a completely unrelated reason, some medicines can cause problems with balance, vision, or joints. Take particular care to monitor seniors taking new medications which have possible side effects that could result in a fall. Extra caution until the precise of the medication is known can save your loved one from a painful fall.

Check for vision impairments.

All seniors should have frequent vision checks to monitor any age related degeneration taking place. Loss of vision is another element that can cause an increase in the risk of falling. Not seeing a trip hazard or spill can easily cause a fall. Misplaced footing is much more common when vision loss has occurred as well. Have your loved one’s vision checked regularly, and be sure to evaluate the trip hazards in their home considering what they are able to easily see.

Take precautions.

Several extra precautions and extra devices can be used in order to secure your loved one’s safety within their home. Nonskid mats, grab bars, and shower seats are just a few examples of the helpful products that you can install in order to ensure your loved one’s safety. They should also avoid overly loose clothing that can get caught on things. Wearing comfortable, nonskid sole shoes is also highly recommended to maintain balance and avoid slipping and falling. Ensure that walkways are well lit, including nightlights that automatically turn on when other light is not present.

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