5 Tips For Seniors To Avoid Falls

A man who is falling
You may have an older relative that has suffered some type of injury from a fall. Consider the fact, that falls are the leading cause of injuries in individuals who’re 65 or older.

Falls can often result in broken bones, head injuries, and hip fractures. It’s also worth noting that falling can make an older adult more fearful. This can prevent them from being active as much as they should be.

Even though most people feel safe at home, most falls occur where you live. Some common causes of falls include rickety stairs, slippery floors, and electrical cords. If you have an aging parent or an older relative in your life, you need to make sure that their home is safe for them.

On top of that, you should also talk to them and explain how they could reduce their risk of falling. Convince them to let go of their fear, you can make the elders in your life remain healthy and independent. Here are 5 useful tips that can help your elders avoid falls.

Learn About Their Current Health Conditions

The first see if your older loved one is experiencing any problems with their health. Poor health is what often leads to falling. As people grow older, they tend to lose their balance, coordination, and flexibility.

On top of that, their vision also gets impaired. You need to know anything preventing proper function. Know if their health issues could increase the risk of them falling. Talk to them about their current health conditions and make sure they seek treatment.
Encourage them to visit their doctor as soon as possible.

Staying In The Moment

The elderly should not let their mind wander if they’re feeling insecure about their walking.

For example, walking up and down the stairs is exactly where most people fall.

Always make sure to look around you and see if there are any obstacles in front of you. When climbing up or down the stairs, make sure to use railings whenever they are available. If you ever get dizzy while on the stairs, make sure to hold on to the railing and take a deep breath.

Stop Rushing And Slow Down

You should never be in a hurry. Taking it step by step is the only way to ensure that you don’t fall. You don’t have a job, so you have all the free time in the world. This means that there is no reason for you to rush at any given moment. But as long as it takes you, you should always be calm when walking.

Enlist The Help Of A Physical Therapist

You should always check to see if there is a need to enlist the help of a physical therapist. If you’re holding onto furniture or other objects walking, then you need a physical therapist.

Through exercise, a physical therapist can help improve your strength and balance. It’s also a good idea to get a cane or a walker, as they will provide you with more stability than random objects in your home.

Let There Be Light

If you have an older loved one, do everything in your power to make sure their home is a safe environment for them. One of the best things you can do to help them avoid falling is to install brighter light bulbs where needed.

Take care and be well.
Tommy Douglas


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