If you’re a parent, you know that part of raising a child is their constant ability to fall. When kids fall down, we pick them up, brush them off, and tell them it’s no big deal. However, a fall can be an extremely big deal when it comes to seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 seniors have suffered a fall, and falls can cause broken bones, concussions, bruises, and cuts.
Safety is the name of the game in senior home care. Here are 5 ways of preventing falls.
- Wearing the right kind of footwear can go a long way towards preventing a fall. While your senior may prefer wearing slippers around the house, they don’t provide good foot support, and they can easily come off and cause a fall.
- A little home improvement can make home much safer. Handrails on both sides of the stairs, grab bars in bathrooms, plenty of lighting, and brightly colored tape placed on the edges of steps are all good ways to make the environment safer.
- Sometimes falls happen due to a senior misjudging distance due to eyesight. A yearly vision checkup is a great idea, as is a pair of glasses with single vision distance lenses worn while outside.
- Medication can also be a contributing factor since some side effects can be drowsiness or dizziness. If your senior is experiencing either of these, call their doctor.
- Regular exercise is not only a good habit to get into overall, but increased strength in the legs leads to better balance and coordination.