Growing older doesn’t just change your age - it can also change how your entire body and mind functions. As we age, we are more prone to injuries and illnesses due to weakened immune systems, bone / muscle strength, stamina, alertness and more. So it’s no surprise that 1 out of every 3 people (over the age of 65) fall every year. In fact, over 60% of falls occur in the home.
Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and death among seniors?
This unfortunate fact from the National Association of Home Care makes it ever more important that you take the proper precautions in order to prevent falls in the future, whether for yourself or for an aging loved one. This mishap may cause seniors to lose their health, their independence, or even their lives.
10 Tips For Preventing Falls
1. Exercise Regularly - Maintain muscle, bone strength, and flexibility to reduce risk of injury.
2. Plan Ahead - Take your time and don’t rush.
3. Eat Balanced Meals - 3 balanced meals per day can help reduce dizziness and fatigue.
4. Visit Your Doctor - Have regular check-ups as changes in vision, hearing, bones and muscle can lead to falls.
5. Use Medications Safely - Some medications can cause dizziness, drowsiness, or fatigue. Discuss side effects with your home health nurse, doctor or pharmacist.
6. Wear Supportive Shoes - Wear supportive footwear with non-stick soles, indoor and outdoor.
7. Use Walking Aids - A cane or other walking aid must fit you correctly and be used as recommended. Consult your doctor, DME specialist, or therapist.
8. Remove clutter - Clear pathways from high traffic areas and stairways. Secure or avoid rugs that can slide or cause you to trip.
9. Night Lights - Brighten dark hallways, bathrooms, and stairs for easier vision at night.
10. Home Safety Check - Add basic home safety features such as hand rails, grab bars, well-lit stairs and walkways, non-skid bath mats, and more.
If you or an aging loved one is prone to falls, home health care might be a great option to consider. Home health care can provide assistance to those who have fallen and recovering from surgical procedures, or unable to perform daily duties because of their injury, such as personal hygiene and eating.
Home care can provide skilled nursing, wound care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise programs, and so many more services to fit the needs of seniors who have fallen. With additional home safety and medication assessments, you can trust in a reputable home care provider (such as Accolade) to ensure your loved one is given the highest level of quality care. And there’s no better place for recovering than the comfort and privacy of your home.
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