Falls are the single greatest source of injuries in older adults. These falls can lead to several health complications. Because of this, it’s important to try to prevent falls. Below are some tips for preventing them in older adults.
Run a safety assessment of the home. There are quite a few hazards that can increase the chance of falling, such as loose rugs and clutter. Secure any loose carpeting and rugs, remove all clutter from walkways, and make sure that staircases are well lit. Installing grab bars in the shower and near the toilet is also a good idea.
Check medications for side effects. Certain medications can cause drowsiness. This can lead to sluggish movements and raise the risk of a fall. If you see any medications that have this side effect, talk to your doctor about your concerns and see if there are other options.
Exercise. Exercise is a great way to build up strength and balance. Two of the biggest factors for falls is a lack of both. Weight-bearing exercises, such as walking, can maintain bone density, making people better able to take impact in the event of a fall.
Don’t skimp on vitamin D and Calcium. Both are great for maintaining bone density. Ideally getting it through dietary means is best, but there are supplements available, especially for those who have a deficiency.
Falls are major health events. Taking proper precautions can help reduce the risk of falling. If you or someone you know is at risk of fall-related injury, remember that we are here to help. We can send nurses and therapists to professionally implement the steps above and more.