Helping Your Senior Avoid Falls

 

Falls can be a serious risk for seniors, leading to injury and decreased mobility. To help reduce the risk of falls, consider the following steps:

  1. Ensure the home is safe: Remove tripping hazards, install grab bars in the bathroom, and ensure adequate lighting in all rooms.
  2. Encourage physical activity: Regular exercise can improve balance, strength and coordination.
  3. Review medication: Certain medications can increase the risk of falls, talk to a doctor about any potential side effects.
  4. Use assistive devices: Canes, walkers, and rollators can provide extra support and stability.
  5. Address vision and hearing problems: Poor vision and hearing can increase the risk of falls, have regular check-ups with an eye doctor and audiologist.
  6. Keep the home organized: A cluttered home can be difficult to navigate, especially for those with limited mobility.
  7. Encourage healthy habits: Maintaining a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and limiting alcohol consumption can help reduce the risk of falls.