Tips on Fall Prevention for the Elderly
Oct 31, 2023 | Moore Care
An unexpected incident, as minor as a stumble over a rug or a slip on a wet floor in the bathroom, can have a significant impact on the life of your elderly loved one. A fall has the potential to result in a broken bone, an experience faced by thousands of older adults all the time. For our cherished seniors, such an injury can mark the beginning of more complex health issues and even the possibility of enduring disability in the long term.
At Moore Care, we understand how essential it is to protect the well-being and quality of life for seniors. Our dedicated team is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment to minimize these risks, ensuring that you peace of mind and your loved one can continue to lead a fulfilling and independent life. Health and happiness are our top priorities, and we’re here to offer the care and attention our clients deserve.
We know that you are doing everything you can to protect your aging parent or loved one. We thought it would be helpful to share some insights we’ve learned over the years in preventing and safeguarding our loved ones from falls.
What Causes falls in Older Adults?
There are many factors that can cause a fall. Here are some we come across often while tending to elderly clients.
As we age, it’s common for our eyesight, hearing, and reflexes to not be as sharp as they once were, making us more prone to accidents and falls.
Various medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, thyroid issues, nerve problems, foot ailments, and vascular problems, can affect your balance and increase the risk of falling.
Conditions that require hurried trips to the bathroom may raise the likelihood of falls, especially during these rushed moments.
Older adults with mild cognitive impairment or specific forms of dementia face an elevated risk of falling due to cognitive challenges affecting awareness and decision-making.
Muscle Loss (Sarcopenia)
Age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, can weaken your physical strength, as can issues with balance, gait, and episodes of low blood pressure upon standing (postural hypotension).
Foot Problems and Footwear
Foot pain and inappropriate footwear choices, such as backless shoes or high heels, can significantly increase the risk of falls.
Some medications may induce side effects like dizziness or confusion, which can raise the likelihood of falling. The more medications you take, the higher the risk.
Safety hazards within your home or community environment can also contribute to falls. Identifying and addressing these hazards is crucial for preventing accidents.
Understanding these factors and taking steps to mitigate their impact can help older adults reduce their risk of falling and maintain a safe and independent lifestyle. With Moore Care by your side, these factors are our top priority allowing you much needed peace of mind.
What are some Steps you can take to Prevent Falls for your elderly loved ones?
At Moore Care, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our clients and do everything possible to lower the risk of clients falling while aging at home. In our experience, falls and accidents don’t just happen for no reason. There are things we can do to prevent falls. Here are a few tips you can apply to help lessen the risk of falls or other injuries.
Stay Physically Vibrant
Prioritize an exercise routine tailored to their needs. Regular physical activity strengthens muscles and maintains flexibility in joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Engage in gentle weight-bearing activities like strolls or stair climbing to help slow osteoporosis-related bone loss.
Balance and Strength for Well-Being
Explore activities like yoga, Pilates, or tai chi, which not only enhance balance but also fortify muscle strength.
Consider incorporating weightlifting or resistance band exercises into their regimen to bolster your physical strength.
Create a Home Haven
Make thoughtful adjustments to your living space that reduce fall risks, ensuring your safety at home. Seek tips for enhancing your home environment.
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Prioritize Sensory Health
Regularly schedule eye and hearing examinations, as even minor changes in sight and hearing are linked to increased fall risks.
Familiarize yourself with potential side effects of your loved ones medications, especially if they cause dizziness or confusion. Don’t hesitate to communicate any concerns with the healthcare provider.
Prioritize getting enough restorative sleep, as fatigue can increase risk of falling.
Assistive Devices for Support
If your elderly loved one requires assistance while walking, consider using canes or walkers. Ensure they are the right size and in good condition. Seek professional guidance if needed.
In unfamiliar or uneven terrain, rely on assistive devices for added stability. Consult with a physical or occupational therapist for expert advice.
Proper Footwear Selection
Choose appropriate footwear with nonskid, rubber soles and low heels to fully support your feet. Avoid walking on slippery surfaces in socks or shoes and slippers with smooth soles.
Consider staying indoors during inclement weather. Some community services offer convenient delivery options for prescriptions and groceries, often available by phone.
Always inform your doctor if you’ve experienced a fall since your last check-up, even if you didn’t feel pain. Falls can signal underlying issues with medications, eyesight, or medical conditions that may require correction.
Deciding on the best care for our aging parents is a profound act of love and respect. It’s the time in life, where roles reverse, and we have the privilege of giving back to those who once gave so much to us. While the path may be fraught with challenges, it’s also an opportunity to deepen our relationships, grow in our faith, and embrace the beauty of life’s ever-changing seasons.
Moore Care believes in a holistic approach to elder care, addressing not just the physical needs but also the emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. Helping safeguard an elderly person from falling is just one of the many ways we apply this approach.
If you’d like more information on how our in-home services can help you, contact us today.
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