Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

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As a person grows older, the risk of them falling and becoming seriously injured skyrockets. Often, this leaves family members in a constant state of worry about their elderly loved ones. After all, a simple slip and fall can lead to some pretty serious complications in older adults. This is especially true when there is nobody around to help after the fall occurs.

In order to protect older family members and get some peace of mind, there are a number of fall prevention tips you can help your loved one employ. While these tactics will not protect seniors in every situation, they certainly do help reduce their risk of having a serious fall. Read below for a list of 8 fall prevention tips for all seniors to know.

1.Remain Active

Regular exercise—especially in a program that is focused on balance—is key to preventing falls that occur due to dizziness, lack of balance, diminished strength, or other factors linked to an individual’s physical fitness and health. Find a program in your area, and make sure your loved one attends as often as possible.

2. Consider New Shoes

Shoes with flat bottoms and rubber soles are ideal for day-to-day wear. These will help keep your loved one balanced, and give them the traction they need to move about safely without fear of slipping. Additionally, these types of shoes tend to be the most comfortable, making them easier on older feet.

3. Make the Bathtub Safe

Bath oils and excessive conditioner have a tendency to make the bathtub a slippery nightmare. Encourage your elderly family member to use only what is absolutely necessary when it comes to these products.

In order to ensure your loved one is as safe as possible while bathing, it is also a good idea to install a non-skid mat in the bottom of the tub or shower and add railings in strategic places around the bathroom. The senior in your life may also appreciate a shower chair for use when bathing.

4. Light up the House

Homes that are not well-lit increase the risk of tripping over unseen objects. Add some light to the home of your elderly friend or family member. Not only will they be better able to see and avoid obstacles, the light could also help lift their spirits. After all, a dark home can be quite the depressing place to spend time.

5. Keep Things Tidy

Remember those obstacles we mentioned before? Remove as many of them as possible. Pick things up off the floor, minimize the furniture in the house, and make it as easy as possible for your loved one to keep things tidy. A clutter-free floor is less likely to cause an accidental trip.

6. Attend All Medical Appointments

In order to ensure your family member remains in good health, it is important to schedule and attend all recommended medical appointments. A doctor will be able to diagnose and help with any balance issues.

Additionally, an eye exam will alert you of diminishing eyesight so it can be addressed as soon as possible in order to avoid falls that could occur due to lack of vision.

7. Hire a Caregiver

Although an in-home caregiver can’t prevent a fall from happening, he or she can reduce the risk by helping elderly individuals carry out tasks that could potentially lead to a slip or trip. By offering help with these types of things and seniors are more likely to carry out these tasks while the caregiver is present rather than after they have gone. This means a fall is less likely thanks to the help and assistance is immediately available should a fall occur.

8. Communication Within Reach 

Of course, preventing a fall isn’t always possible. Because it’s so important that help arrives sooner rather than later should a fall occur, it’s a good idea to ensure all of the elderly individuals in your life own a cell phone. This phone should be kept charged at all times, and should always be in their pocket so as to be quickly and easily accessible in case of an emergency.

The use of these tips could help save your loved one from a life-threatening fall. Be sure to implement them as soon as possible and get the peace of mind you deserve knowing your family member is safe.

If you are ready to take a step toward safety and hire an in-home caregiver, please contact us today at ActiveCare Home Care.

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