For seniors over the age of 65 years, falls are the leading cause of injury and death (according to the CDC). There are many reasons for this, such as:
- Environmental Factors
To make matters worse, those who have fallen once are very likely to fall again within 6 months. Current data suggests a rate as high as 75%.
While this is all very troubling, there are actions that you and your loved ones can take to minimize these risks, and our experts here at Assisting Hands Home Care in Schaumburg, IL want to help with fall prevention. We also reliably serve Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, IL and the surrounding areas.
Consult Your Doctor
If you or a loved one has fallen, or has had a close call, then consult your doctor about fall prevention. In some cases, reviewing medication types and doses can have a tremendously positive effect. Falls and near-falls are often the result of improperly taking medication. It is important to take medicine as prescribed (e.g. dosages, time of day, with or without food, etc.).
If medications are used improperly, then dizziness, loss of balance, and other symptoms may prevail. But do not stop taking medication without first speaking with your doctor. Finally, ask your physician about exercise, balance training, and increasing your level of physical activity. It is often beneficial to start this with an evaluation by a physical therapist and audiologist.