According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the number one cause of injuries among senior citizens, and there are many instances in which a fall can result in death. Senior citizens are at risk for falls due to environmental factors within the home, illness, low balance or strength, and medications that can cause dizziness. Statistics show that those who fall once in their home have a 75 percent chance of suffering another fall within 6 months. The good news is that falls can be prevented by managing medications effectively, creating a safer environment in the home, and providing in home care to ensure fall prevention.
At Assisting Hands, we can provide fall protection for your family members as part of our elderly care services. If you have a family member who is at risk of falling, you can take the following steps to help prevent falls, and contact Assisting Hands if you would like additional fall prevention help from our professional caregivers.
The first thing you should do if you have a family member at risk of falling is talk to their doctor about the best ways to manage their medication. It is very important that your loved ones take the right doses at the right times. Misusing medications can cause dizziness which increases the risk of a fall. You should also discuss the potential side effects of their medications, especially if there is a change in medication. It is a good idea to consider physical therapy as well to help improve strength and balance.
Make the Home Safer
Creating a safer environment inside the home is an easy and effective way to reduce the risk of falls. The following tips will help you make the home safer:
- Make sure your loved ones wear nonslip shoes.
- Every area of the home must be well lit so your loved ones can easily see and avoid trip hazards. You should also put nightlights throughout the home for safe movement at night.
- Tack down the carpet and remove area rugs.
- Remove all debris from the floor and keep electrical cords out of the way.
- Put grab bars in the bathroom near the toilet and shower.
- Make sure every stairway has handrails on both sides.
- Encourage your loved ones to ask for help if they need to reach something instead of climbing on stepladders or stools.
- Help keep the floors clean and clear.
Fall Prevention with Elderly Care Services
Assisting Hands can provide fall protection for your loved ones as part of our elderly care services. Each of our caregivers has received special training in fall prevention from the Fall Prevention Centers of America and will take special care to ensure that the home is safe to reduce the risk of falls. We will also assist your loved ones with risky activities such as walking and getting up. If you are worried about your elderly family members suffering an injury from a fall, talk to our professionals at Assisting Hands to learn how we can help prevent falls in the home.