Fall Prevention Techniques for Seniors
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury among the elderly. As caregivers or family members, how can you help to keep your senior loved one safe from falls? In this month’s edition of our Canyon Creek Senior Living community blog, we’ve put together a list of fall prevention and preparedness tips for seniors.
Do a Safety Assessment of Their Living Space
Lots of clutter, loose floor boards, or unsteady stairwells can all cause tripping hazards for your seniors. Reduce these hazards by helping to secure walkways, clear the way, and remove tripping hazards. To get the full list of tips, be sure to check out our blog on cleaning with senior safety in mind!
As we age, our vision can progressively weaken. Poor vision can hinder your senior loved one’s gait and balance. Be sure to get their vision checked regularly, updating their prescription as needed.
Make sure you understand the side effects of each of the medications that your senior loved one is taking and ensure that they’re taking their medications as intended.
For some medications, especially those labeled PM, pain management medications, or sleep aids, drowsiness and dizziness can be major side effects. Make sure your senior loved one is only taking such medications at the proper dosage and time, rather than during the daytime when they’re out and about.
If their medication does affect their gait, and they’re tempted to get up at night to go to the restroom, you may want to encourage them to use adult diapers or depends overnight. This will eliminate the need for them to get up in the middle of the night, when their gait may be affected.
Exercise to Improve Balance and Gait
As we age, our muscles can start to weaken. This can affect our ability to walk steadily and stay balanced. There are, however, many different types of joint- and senior-friendly exercises that can help to improve balance and build muscle. Among these exercises include daily walks, gentle yoga, and tai chi. Learn more about our senior exercise and movement program on our blog, specifically as we discuss the benefits of tai chi for seniors!
As you know, when we get too hungry, we can start to feel dizzy and weak. Make sure that your senior loved one is getting the right amount of protein and is eating nourishing, frequent, regularly scheduled meals. This will help to keep your senior grounded, reduce the side effects associated with their medications, and balance their mood, too!
Medical Alert System
Nowadays, there are different types of wearable devices that function as a medical alert system and as a GPS tracking system. These products can help detect falls, providing quick emergency response and assistance.
Speak with Our Caregivers
These are just a few different tips, and of course there are many other techniques you can try, too. Be sure to consult with your medical practitioner before making any changes to your elder’s lifestyle, care, or medication.
If you’d like additional assistance or have questions about our assisted living program here in Cottonwood Heights, UT, our senior care staff is always happy to speak with you.
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