5 Fall Prevention Tips for SeniorsJanuary 28, 2018 | Heritage Place
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury among older adults. How can you help keep your senior loved one safe from falls? In this month's edition of the Heritage Place Senior Living blog we've put together a list of fall prevention tips.
Icy? Take Extra Precaution
In Utah the winter weather is beautiful but it's often quite cold! When it's snowy or icy outside the elderly are advised to stay indoors avoiding the increased risk of slips and falls. However if you must venture outside be sure your senior loved one has the right protection which includes warm clothing and shoes that grip. Nowadays there are special traction cleats for ice and snow such as Yaktrax. These cleats which are attachable to shoes provide the grip necessary to prevent slippage.
Eliminate Tripping Hazards
Lots of clutter? Loose floor boards or handrailing? Cords in the walkways? Reduce tripping hazards by taking the following precautions:
- Check your stairs: Consider slip-resistant stair treads and ensure handrails are sturdy.
- Eliminate extra cords: Clear away any cords that are blocking the walkway. If you can't clear them completely tape them to the wall.
- Buy grab bars and non-slip mats: Bathrooms can quickly become slippery spaces. Consider investing in non-slip mats and grab bars to avoid falls.
- Check rugs mats and runners: Rugs mats and runners are easy to trip on. Consider taping them to the floor or removing them completely.
Improve Balance Through Exercise
When we build muscle and core strength our balance improves. There are many joint-friendly exercises such as tai chi or yoga which are specifically designed to gently improve balance.
Stay Hydrated and Nourished
When we are dehydrated or lacking in the proper nutrition we can start to feel dizzy. Avoid dizzy spells by staying properly nourished and hydrated throughout the day.
Vision can affect one's gait and balance so be sure your senior loved one has their vision checked regularly.
Medication can affect one's balance and may cause dizziness. Familiarize yourself with the side effects of your senior loved one's medications. If their medication does cause dizziness they may want to wear depends while they sleep so that they don't need to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
We're Here to Help
If you have any questions or concerns about fall prevention tips our senior care specialists would be happy to help you so don't hesitate to reach out. Stay safe and Happy New Year!
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