As people age, physical, mental, and vision changes might make falls more likely. Some medications may even make it harder to balance. The problem is serious enough that falls are the main source of injury with elderly people. If you or somebody that you care fall is at risk of falling, consider some sensible prevention strategies.
Tips to Help Senior Citizens Avoid Falling
These six tips should help reduce the risk of falling for elderly people:
- Consult with a doctor: Certain medications and health conditions can cause dizziness or increase the risk of falling in other ways, and your doctor can help warn you about things to be careful of.
- Exercise: Seniors who can maintain better physical condition may be less likely to fall or suffer a grave injury if they do.
- Invest in decent shoes: These days, there are plenty of good shoes with motion stability, slip-resistant soles, and balance control that can help reduce the risk of falling.
- Remove tripping hazards: Tripping hazards could include shoes or pet toys left on the floor, a coffee table in the middle of the room, or anything that is likely block a clear path.
- Use light: Make sure the home is well lit, and consider investing in night lights for nighttime trips to the restroom or kitchen.
- Consider assistive devices: People who suffer from a greater risk of falling might be helped by installing grab bars in the restroom and slip-resistant mats in the kitchen and bathroom.
Also, this publication is from the government and totally free to print or download: “Preventing Falls at Home.” The booklet discusses some more tips to help prevent falls in the home. It also lists some resources where seniors might even be able to find financial help making home modifications.
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