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If you are a carer for your elderly parent(s) or maybe it’s a frail aged loved, then this blog is for you.
For most seniors, falling is not a matter of if, but when. It’s not only probable but almost inevitable. However, you can reduce the risk of them falling and if they still fall, then you can greatly reduce the amount of harm they can cause.
Having the ability to live without depending on others and feeling safe are both significant concerns.
Senior falls are a serious issue, with more than 1 in 4 seniors over 60 years old falling each year.
Preventing falls is an effective way to help seniors stay independent longer and avoid serious injuries like hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries.
There are simple fall prevention tips that can make a big difference in your older adult’s safety and independence.
Below are some tips to help prevent falls and keep your loved one safe:
- Encourage your loved one to stay active and exercise regularly. This helps improve their balance and flexibility, both of which can help prevent falls.
- Make sure their home is safe by doing things like removing tripping hazards, installing handrails, and providing adequate lighting.
- Encourage them to take medications as prescribed and to have regular vision and hearing check-ups.
- Review all medications (including over the-counter medication) with your doctor and/or pharmacist at least once a year.
- Make sure they are wearing shoes that fit well and provide good support. Avoid shoes with slick soles or high heels.
- Make sure the home is well lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see and ensure good lighting in the evenings and at night when getting up.
- Plan ahead by ensuring your loved one has regular care and that they have a plan in place in case of an emergency.
By following these tips, you can help prevent falls and keep your loved one safe and independent.
Another precautionary measure, if you are concerned about your elderly loved one’s safety, is our fall prevention checklist. This checklist has advice on how to help prevent falls in the different areas around the home. Download our fall prevention checklist here.
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