Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors
As you get older, your body goes through a variety of changes. One of those is no longer having the strength or mobility you once enjoyed. As a senior, you may be unsteady on your feet and more prone to falls. However, there are steps you can take to prevent falls from happening.
Consult With Your Doctor
Seeing your doctor is an important first step toward preventing falls. They will ask you questions that can determine your level of risk for falling. You should expect to answer the following questions:
• What medications are you taking? Inform your doctor about any medications you’re taking, whether they’re prescriptions or over the counter. You should also include supplements as well. Certain medications and supplements can increase your risk of falls, so your doctor may modify what you take to lower that risk.
• Have you fallen before? Your doctor will ask you about previous falls. If you have fallen before, make note of when and how it happened. Include details about the situation and what might have caused you to fall. Mention times when you almost fell as well.
• Do you have health conditions that can cause a fall? Some health conditions that affect the eyes and ears can increase the risk of falls. Tell your doctor how you feel when walking or standing, and note anything like dizziness, numbness, pain or shortness of breath. Your doctor may evaluate you or can refer you to a specialist for evaluation.
Stay Physically Active
Keeping physically active can help you prevent falls. As long as your doctor approves a specific exercise or activity, you can engage in it regularly. Low-impact activities like walking or tai chi can certainly help to improve your balance and coordination. If you’re afraid of falling while performing physical activities, inform your doctor. You might be referred to a physical therapist who can treat you for balance issues.
Wear the Right Shoes
Your shoes can play a huge part in whether you’re at risk of falling. Avoid wearing heels or shoes that have slippery soles. Instead, opt for a sturdy pair of shoes with a rubber sole that prevents slipping or skidding. The right shoes can also feel more comfortable and reduce pain.
Remove Hazards Around Your Home
If you have anything around your home that can even potentially be a hazard that can lead to you falling, you should remove it. Things that you could trip over, such as a rug, items scattered on the floor and more should be picked up and moved. You may also want to ensure that mats or rugs in your bathroom are non-slip. If you’re at risk of slipping and falling in the shower, get a shower seat.
Use Assistive Devices
Assistive devices can help you prevent falls. If necessary, your doctor may recommend that you use a cane or walker. You can have handrails installed in your bathroom as well as a shower seat for bathing.
If you need additional assistance in your home, contact Southern Arizona Home Care LLC to see how we can help!
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