Safety 10 Tips to Help Seniors Reduce Their Fall Risk
Falls are a significant health concern for seniors. Anyone can fall, but with increasing age, the risk and likelihood of injury increase. The consequences of a fall for a senior can be life-altering and can impact independence and quality of life.
The first step to prevention is to understand what causes falls. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to lower your risk as a senior!
Here are ten things that you can do to prevent falling and long-term physical damage as a result.
- Begin your fall-prevention plan by making an appointment with your doctor. Be prepared to answer questions such as: What medications are you taking? Have you fallen before?
- Maintaining physical activity is critical in preventing falls. Activities reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination, and flexibility.
- Move more carefully and try not to be in a rush.
- Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords, and phone cords from walkways.
- Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks, or a slip-resistant backing — or remove loose rugs from your home.
- Install railings around the home.
- Use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower. Use a bath seat, which allows you to sit while showering.
- Use a walking aid, if necessary.
- If something is out of reach or requires a step stool, ask someone else to get it for you.
- Have good lighting throughout the house and use nightlights in hallways; make sure your exterior entrance is well lit.
Any time you fall, you should see a doctor. Even if the fall seems minor, complications like fractures can fly under the radar for quite some time, and it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional to make sure everything is okay. If necessary, ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist. They can help you brainstorm other fall-prevention strategies! If you need more information or further guidance on fall prevention, please also feel free to reach out to our caregivers here at HouseWorks for your consultation. While falling is a scary prospect, our senior care services can help you avoid it as much as possible to stay healthy, safe, and strong throughout your senior years.