Elderly Care in Phoenix AZ
According to the CDC, millions of elderly adults fall each year. Unfortunately, those falls may result in moderate to severe injuries, including head traumas and hip fractures, which can result in the need for a higher level of elderly care. Some of the biggest tripping culprits include stairs and bathrooms, but balance problems, household dangers, and neurological changes can all cause falls. If a senior has already had a fall, he has an even greater risk of a future fall. For seniors aging at home with the help of in-home care, here’s a look at some helpful prevention tips that will reduce the risk of trips and falls in the future.
Tip #1 – Have Regular Checkups
When seniors become unsteady, it’s important to have regular checkups. A doctor can provide a full physical evaluation to ensure there are no medical problems causing the unsteadiness. In some cases, low blood pressure or diabetes can result in falls. Ear infections may also throw off a senior’s balance.
Tip #2 – Regular Vision Checks
Elderly adults need to have eye checkups every year, since poor vision may make it tough to move around a home safely. If a senior requires contact lenses or glasses, it’s important to ensure he has the correct prescription strength, which ensures he sees as clearly as possible.
Tip #3 – Pay Attention to Medications
Certain medications, both over-the-counter and prescriptions, may have side effects like drowsiness, weakness, and dizziness. Failing to take medications correctly may also be a problem. Qualified elder care professionals can oversee medications, ensuring that they are taken correctly.
Tip #4 – Improve Home Safety
Unfortunately, it’s often household dangers that cause seniors to fall. However, it’s easy to add safety measures throughout the home to help prevent these problems. Simple ways to prevent slips and falls within a home include:
- Adding safety treads to any steps in the home
- Ensuring stairways have handrails on each side
- Placing non-skid, self-adhesive mats in showers or bathtubs
- Using non-skid rugs on the floor in the bathroom
- Installing grab bars for bathtubs and toilets used by the elderly
- Removing any tripping hazards, such as clutter, furniture, or throw rugs from the walkways
- Removing appliance and lamp cords from walkways
- Ensuring that there’s plenty of lighting throughout the home, including adequate nightlights
- Rearranging a home so seniors can live on one floor instead of needing to go up or down stairs
- Installing walk-in bathtubs or showers with no lip to step over
Along with these helpful tips, it’s important for seniors to get regular exercise if possible. Lower body weakness and problems with balance often cause falls. Regular exercise helps strengthen the lower body while improving balance. A home care professional can help seniors get the exercise they need, which will reduce the risk of falls.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Phoenix, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at 480-767-3246.
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