Reducing the Risk of Falls for Seniors
An estimated 424,000 people around the globe die every year as a result of falling over, according to the World Health Organization. It places second behind road traffic accidents as the leading cause of unintentional deaths.
Seniors are, unfortunately, the age group that are most at risk of suffering a serious injury from a fall due to the natural reduction of bone and muscle mass in the body as we age. This means that even the slightest of tumbles can end in a trip to the accident and emergency department.
While all of these statistics certainly make for grim reading, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. In most cases, falling over is entirely preventable, which means by taking preventative measures, seniors in home care in Vacaville CA should be free to move around safely.
To help give you some ideas on what preventative measures you can implement right away, we’ve compiled a quick list, below:
A muscle strengthening and/or balance training program that’s been prescribed by a trained health professional will, in the long run, make your loved one feel more confident on their feet.
Exercises, such as sideways or heel to toe walking, will help to improve a senior’s balance, but they should only be completed if someone is on hand to provide assistance if necessary.
Swimming is the perfect activity for seniors to take part in as it has little impact on the joints and will help to keep them in shape.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that walking around in low-light conditions in an accident waiting to happen, so make sure that all of your loved one’s light bulbs are working properly and that they have plenty of spares on standby.
If you feel like a certain room or hallway is still lacking enough lighting, consider changing over to extra wattage bulbs, or alternatively, purchasing an additional lamp.
Flashlights and candles are also useful items to keep stocked around the home in case of any sudden power cut.
They might not be the prettiest things to look at, but grab rails really can help prevent serious injuries. They should always be installed in bathrooms so that a senior has something to steady themselves on in potentially slippery conditions.