According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of severe injury and death for seniors over the age of 65. Environmental factors, illnesses, and medications all play a large role in this. Additionally, once a single fall occurs, data suggests that there is a 75% likelihood another fall will happen within 6 months.
At Assisting Hands Park Ridge, we take this information very seriously, and do what we can to lower the odds of seniors falling through our fall prevention services. We offer this service to seniors in the Park Ridge, IL area.
Talk to Your Doctor
Before you contact a professional fall prevention care provider, the individual who has fallen (or who has had a close call) should talk to their physician. We all react differently to medicine, and many seniors take quite a few types. Reviewing what you are ingesting, how it all combines, and how your body reacts can help to lower your risk of falling.
How you take medicine is also important. Doctors issue specific orders as far as how to ingest or apply certain medications (e.g. consume with food, apply a certain dosage, take once in the morning and once in the evening, etc.). This is because using medication improperly can result in loss of balance, dizziness, and similar symptoms.
It is proactive to seek out physical exercises from your physician, as well. See if they can supply balance training movements to help develop weakening muscles. Increasing physical activity in a controlled manner can go a long way in preventing falls. It is often beneficial to start this training with an evaluation by a physical therapist and audiologist.
Keep Your Home Clean
Another great way to prevent falls is to make your at-home environment work for you. Seniors are notorious for letting paperwork and other items pile up. Similarly, many also have a difficult time with cleaning.
By removing allergens from the home, and maintaining a clutter-free living space, you reduce the chances of falling by staying healthy, limiting excess bending, and removing tripping hazards.
In addition to cleaning, other beneficial actions include:
- Installing handles, handrails, and grab bars in bathrooms and in stairways
- Wearing nonskid shoes as opposed to slippers or sandals
- Keeping your home well-lit
- Getting rid of loose carpeting and area rugs
- Eliminating loose cords from the floor
- Avoiding ladders and step stools (keep items low, or ask somebody more mobile to help)
- Keeping your floor dry
Consider In-Home Care
To reduce the risk of you or a loved one falling to the greatest extent possible, you may consider our fall prevention services here at Assisting Hands Park Ridge that are part of our at home care services. Our caregivers are very friendly, and trained to understand the leading causes of falls, as well as identify risks. Some of the things that we will help with include:
- Getting up from your bed and chairs
- Preparing food
- Cleaning around the house
- Performing physical therapy exercises
- Playing mentally stimulating games, and holding pleasant conversations
- Providing reminders for when and how to take medication
At the end of the day, our fall prevention services add an extra layer of security and are fully customizable in order to be less intrusive. We can be there for you at any time of the day and help with essentially anything you need.