Falls are the leading cause of serious injury and even death among seniors over the age of 65, according to the CDC. Environmental factors, diseases, and medication side effects can all affect strength and balance contributing to a fall. Data suggests that 75% of seniors will fall again within 6 months of the initial fall.
The number of deaths from falls starts to increase at the age of 63 and increases dramatically at 70. It is a common misconception that falls among senior citizens should be normalized due to balance and strength conditions. However, falls are not an expected part of aging and can be easily prevented.
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Assisting Hands Home Care has some effective advice about fall prevention:
- Consult with your doctor about improving the management of medical conditions and how to prevent future falls. Review medication types and amounts with your primary physician and carefully follow the dosages on your medication. Be aware of medication changes and report symptoms like dizziness to your doctor if you are worried about future falls. Most importantly, don’t stop taking your regular medication without asking your doctor first.
Ask your doctor about vestibular and balance training, and increasing exercise and physical activity. It is a good idea to begin with an evaluation by a physical therapist and audiologist.
- Ensure your home is safe and clutter-free by changing adverse environmental factors with practical steps:
- Avoid climbing on stools and stepladders
- Wear shoes with nonskid soles (instead of slippers or sandals)
- Keep your floor clean of liquids and don’t wax your floors
- Install handrails and grab bars in your bathroom and stairwell
- Remove throw rugs and electrical cords
- Keep your floors clear of clutter and tack down loose carpet edges
- Keep the home well-lit
- If you or a loved one has recently fallen or almost fallen, you may benefit from home care and fall prevention. An in-home caregiver can help with transfers, walking, and climbing. Consider consulting a physical therapist about starting a strengthening program and a home safety screen. Caregivers are typically cheaper than an assisted living facility or a nursing home.
Illnesses, medication, and environmental factors can all affect balance and strength contributing to a fall. A history of falls is a good way to predict if your loved one will fall again, but preventative measures like hiring a caregiver and exercises can help with risky tasks. Contact Assisting Hands Home Care at (847) 595-1222 to schedule a free consultation about our fall prevention services in Deerfield, IL, and the surrounding areas.