Many people believe that falls are a natural part of aging. This fact is untrue and many elderly falls can be prevented if the proper precautions are taken. There are basic skills related to balance requiring upper and lower body strength and flexibility that can reduce the likelihood of an accidental fall.
How to Prevent Elderly Falls
Some things you can do is reduce the risk of falling is
removing small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs
from slipping. Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach
easily without using a step stool. Put grab bars inside and next to
the tub or shower and next to your toilet. Use non-slip mats in the
bathtub and on shower floors. (Aging
in Place Home Modifications)
Having your vision checked regularly to ensure you have the correct glasses and contact lenses, participating in a regular exercise program to enhance your muscle strength and mobility, and checking your medications to see if they cause drowsiness are all preventative measures that can be taken to avoid falls.
If an elderly person can perform the following an accidental fall is less likely to occur:
Lastly, investing in a medical alert device or system in the event that a fall occurs is always a good idea. Half of all older adults hospitalized for hip fractures cannot return home or live independently after their injuries. Following these recommendations will greatly reduce your chances of experiencing a dangerous fall and help you to live a healthy and accident-free life for many years to come.
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