Preventing Falls in the Elderly
Falling is a common issue for the elderly with approximately 25% of Americans over the age of 65 experiencing a fall within a given year. Experiencing a fall can be very dangerous for the elderly and can even be fatal. It is currently the leading cause of death for older adults. Here is some information on how to help prevent slipping for seniors who are living independently.
Identify Any Environmental Hazards
If the necessary precautions are not taken, your loved one’s home may have plenty of slip hazards you are not even aware of. Take time to walk through the senior’s home and take note of current environmental hazards. Make adjustments to the house as needed to prevent falls. Common problems to look out for include:
- Poorly lit areas
- Lack of assistive devices in bathrooms and showers
- Loose throw rugs without a rubber backing
- Unnecessary clutter on the ground
- Thick wires or extension cords on the floor
- Slippery socks or shoes
- Loose flooring
Consider If Care Is Needed
If your loved one is struggling to complete everyday activities, they are much more likely to fall when alone at home. If the senior is having difficulty moving from place to place due to a health condition, lack of physical activity, a recent surgery, or some other cause, consider at home care Massachusetts to help them safely move around the house as needed.
Read All Medications
Always take time to read the warning labels and side effects of a senior’s medication and discuss what combination of drugs are being taken with a doctor or pharmacist. Some medications or some drugs combined can make your loved one dizzy or put them at a much higher risk of falls. It may be necessary to alter what drugs are taken or consider if a caregiver is needed if this is the case.