Fall Prevention for Seniors
Senior falls can be life changing events.
Senior Fall Prevention: Research shows that one third of seniors over age 65 will fall. A third of them will be different either due to injuries or later complications from their initial fall. Fortunately there are many things which each of us can do to help minimize the risk of falling. It involves making changes in our personal life and some home modifications. Many people fall and do not get injured. However, if it is you or an aging parent who falls and has a fracture (hip, shoulder, and pelvis) then you are facing possible surgery, rehab stay, physical therapy, and pain and in some cases, having to relocate to an Assisted Living community. Elder Care professionals are so concerned about senior falls because they are more familiar with negative outcomes. The actual fall is one thing, infections, surgical errors, exacerbation of other health problems are the usual causes of a change in lifestyle because of a fall.
Fall Prevention truly is the desired action to take. Safety tips include:
- Have your vision checked
- Wear comfortable, flat shoes with rubber soles and nonskid strips on sock
- Throw away throw rugs, or at least tape them down
- Put two safety grab bars in the shower and non-skid strips on shower floor
- Get rid of clutter and electrical cords. Go through each room with safety check in mind.
- Install railings for any steps or stairs.
- Improve lighting – especially in hallway and from bed to bathroom. You can buy inexpensive motion censored lights
- If you use a walker, make sure there is comfortable space around the home so you can easily maneuver
- Organize your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room so things you use frequently are easily in reach.
- Avoid reaching up or bending down to get things. — Buy a “grabber”.
- Stop climbing on ladders – it isn’t worth doing it yourself if it puts you at risk.
- Make home repairs with safety in mind.
- Use a bath chair, a hand held shower head and a raised toilet.
- Consider a round of Physical Therapy to strengthen, improve balance and gait.
- Exercise as per Doctor’s approval to keep muscles toned.
As you can see, many things can be done to help reduce risk of fall and injury. Many recommendations are very inexpensive – especially since safety is priceless.
Should you or a loved one fall and sustain an injury, we are able to help with short or long term care in the hospital, rehab center and in your home. A little help will go a long way to help you heal and avoid another fall.