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Preventing Falls in Aging Seniors

By Ketan Patel

Preventing Falls in Aging Seniors

Falling is a major concern, especially for seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people over the age of 65 suffer falls every year. Statistics show that one in five falls causes serious injury and more than 800,000 people wind up in the hospital yearly.

So what can be done to prevent falls?

Serious Results of Falls

While some falls do not cause injuries, many people suffer serious problems from a fall, including death. A fall can cause broken bones like hip fractures and head injuries. People who are prone to falling may start to curtail their activities for fear of falling again. Ironically, as they become less active they become weak – which can increase the risk of falling. An experienced in-home caregiver from a reputable homecare agency can assist seniors and help prevent falls.

Why Some People Fall

There is a long list of conditions and situations that can lead to falling. These issues can be especially common in older adults. Often a combination of risks contribute to the problem. Fortunately, in many cases it is possible to modify these risk factors in order to prevent falling.

If your aging loved one has experienced a fall, chances are they may fall again. Going over this list and rectifying the situation may help prevent another fall.

  • Trouble with balance and walking
  • Vision problems
  • Household hazards, such as throw rugs, lack of handrails in the bathroom or on the stairs, or uneven steps
  • Medication like tranquilizers or over-the- counter products that affect balance
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Poor footwear or foot pain
  • Weakness in the lower body

How to Prevent Falls

The CDC makes some recommendations to help your loved one avoid falling. Remove clutter to avoid tripping over items in the home, add grab bars in the bathroom and on the stairs, and check to make sure that lighting is adequate. You can ask the doctor to evaluate the risk by reviewing your aging parent’s medication list to find out if any prescription or over-the-counter drugs cause drowsiness or dizziness. The doctor may also recommend Vitamin D supplements. Strength and balance exercises like those practiced in Tai Chi can improve balance and counteract weakness in the legs. A yearly eye exam can update your loved one’s glasses prescription, and it may be advisable to get rid of bifocals or progressive lenses in favor of separate glasses for distance and reading.

Home Helpers of South Shore

Home Helpers of South Shore is an in-home healthcare agency owned and operated by a compassionate health professional with a strong understanding of the needs of aging seniors. Their caregivers take a personal, hands-on approach to caregiving that provides the best possible home care. Contact Home Helpers to help develop an individualized care plan to benefit your aging loved one.

Please fill out the form on the left and we will get in touch with you about setting up in-home health care, or call us at 781-585-1244 to determine the plan that is right for you.

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