Fall Prevention AwarenessMarch 01, 2019
As we age, we become more prone to falls and fall-related injuries. For this reason, fall prevention awareness and education is especially important for seniors! How can you help protect yourself and your loved ones from trips and falls? Read on for tips!
Do a Safety Assessment of Their Living Space
Lots of clutter, loose floor boards, or unsteady stairwells can all cause tripping hazards. Reduce these hazards by helping to secure walkways, clear the way, and remove tripping hazards. For additional tips, explore our blog about organizing your space with senior safety in mind.
Vision Check-Up and Eye Health
As we age, our vision can progressively weaken. Eye disorders such as cataracts or glaucoma can become more common as we age, too. It’s important to get your vision checked regularly, updating your prescription as needed.
Make sure you understand the side effects of each of the medications that you take, and ensure that you are taking them as intended. Often, taking medications with food can help to prevent unwanted side effects, such as nausea or dizziness.
For some medications, especially those labeled PM, pain management medications, or sleep aids, drowsiness and dizziness can be major side effects. Make sure you’re taking such medications at the proper dosage and time.
If your nighttime medications do cause dizziness, you need to be careful about getting up to go to the bathroom at night. You may want to consider using overnight adult diapers or depends so that you don’t need to get up in the middle of the night.
Exercise to Improve Balance and Gait
Balance-boosting exercises have so many benefits, from improved mood to reduced joint paint. There are many different types of joint- and senior-friendly exercises that can help to improve balance and build muscle. Among these exercises include daily walks, gentle yoga, and Tai Chi. On our blog, learn about the many benefits of balance exercises.
Poor nutrition can cause dizziness and weakness—and can amplify side effects associated with medications. Make sure that you’re getting the right amount of protein and is eating nourishing, frequent, regularly-scheduled meals. Review these senior nutrition tips from our blog!
Medical Alert System
Nowadays, there are different types of wearable devices that function as a medical alert system and as a GPS tracking system. These products can help detect falls, providing quick emergency response and assistance.
Speak with Our Caregivers
These are just a few different tips and, of course, there are many other techniques you can try. Be sure to consult with your medical practitioner before making any changes to your lifestyle, care, or medication.
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