Reducing the Risk of Falls for Seniors

Around 29-35% of people over the age of 65 suffer from a fall each year, according to statistics from the Wolrd Health Organization. Unsurprisingly, the statistics also show a clear correlation between age and the likelihood of someone suffering from a fall.

The consequences of such an accident can often be devastating for seniors, with 20-30% of falls in the elderly resulting in mild to severe physical injury. This then consequently has a knock on effect on their ability to live an independent lifestyle, which may result in them having to go into a home.

To prevent that from happening to your loved one in home care in Manhattan Beach CA, we’ve come up with a list of four fall prevention measures you can put in place this summer. Follow these and there’s no reason why your loved one can’t live happily and safely at home for many more years to come.

1) Alcohol

Seniors should be allowed to enjoy a drink every now and then, but if they take certain medications, it’s important you find out from your loved one’s doctor what side effects are likely to occur. If drowsiness is likely to be one of the symptoms, make sure you limit your loved one’s alcohol intake in line with a doctor’s recommendations.

2) Exercise

A senior should still take part in as much exercise as possible in old age, in particular, to keep their leg muscles in good health. Non-impact activities, such as swimming and walking, are ideal, as they cause less stress on the body’s joints.

3) Home Improvements

There’s a whole raft of home improvements you can make to a property to turn it into a ‘senior-friendly’ environment. The most important of them is the installation of grab rails in hallways and bathrooms. These will ensure that a senior has something to grip onto should they suddenly feel like they’re about to lose their balance.

Any potential trip hazards, such as rugs and old shoes, should be thrown away, and you should also find the time to check that every light bulb is working.

4) Walking Aids

A senior has to be as safe outside their home as they’re inside, so it’s worth considering whether they’ve reached the point where a walking aid, such as a cane, would be a worthwhile investment.

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