As we grow older, our bodies aren’t as strong as they used to be. It’s a fact that as human beings we don’t want to recognize our loss of strength because it means we’re getting old. The fact is we’re going to get old no matter what. As we get older we are more susceptible to falling and hurting ourselves. The highest cause of injury for people 65 and older is falling. One in three seniors will fall every year and of the ones that fall, 30 percent will fall again within the next six months.
This isn’t comforting to know, but it doesn’t mean that there is nothing we can do about it. There are many ways to prevent falls from happening.
Try exercises that will increase leg strength, improve balance and increase flexibility.
Review your medications
Look over medications with the doctor or pharmacist. Find alternatives to medications that cause dizziness or drowsiness.
Use double sided tape to keep furniture and rugs in one place and from sliding around. Remember to move furniture out of the way that could cause a fall.
Kitchen, Bathroom and Bedroom
Try to keep often used items in lower, easy to reach cupboards. Install non-slip mats or grab bars in the shower or tub. Have floor lighting put in to light the way to the restroom at nighttime. Choose slippers with non-slip soles to avoid slipping.
Invest in a personal emergency alarm/ device just in case you fall. That way you have help on the way quicker.
Keep your vision sharp
Seniors should have their eyes checked every year. They should wear glasses or contacts with the right prescription to make sure they can see things clearly.
Preventing seniors’ falls is a serious issue and should be taken as such by seniors and their family members. Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors and can easily be prevented by instilling these steps into their daily routine. If personal assistance is needed, an iCare Home health in home companion or assistant is a call away. The presence of a companion ensures that someone is watching out for a seniors safety and help is near. If you live with a senior or are a family member of one, then it is recommended that you encourage them to follow these steps to live in a much safer environment. Looking to get some help from a senior care company? Look no further and call us for an assessment. At iCare Home Health, we take pride in keeping your loved ones safe. We are here to help in any way we can. So if you’re going through this right now, please give us a call so we can help you and your loved ones.