How Seniors Can Reduce the Risk of Falls in Edmonton, AB

Elderly woman who fell in her home in Edmonton, AB

Falls are the number one cause of injury for seniors and they often lead to serious health problems such as disability, fractures, head trauma and chronic pain. Older adults who fall not only double their chances of falling again but also put their independence and quality of life at risk. Preventing these accidents can greatly improve one’s chances of staying healthy and independent.

As they age, seniors face many health issues that can cause accidents. Muscle weakness, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, malnutrition, low blood pressure, poor vision, ear infections or sensitivity in the legs or feet are all risk factors.

However, there are some precautions that can be taken in order to reduce the likelihood of a fall.

  • Minimize trip hazards– While most families pay attention to obvious fall hazards such as stairs and slippery shower floors, many oversee less obvious features that can cause serious injuries as well. Loose rugs, certain types of carpeting, and dimly lit hallways can lead to accidents. Fall-proofing the home and installing safety devices can help.
  • Evaluate footwear– Shoes that don’t fit properly, are slippery or do not offer support can cause balance problems that lead to falls. Fortunately, there is a lot of footwear that is safe as well as stylish.
  • Know the effects of medication– Seniors who take medications regularly should consult with their doctor and learn whether their meds have unwanted side effects such as dizziness or balance issues.
  • Nutrition and exercise– Weakness in the legs and feet can often cause balance problems. However, healthy eating and exercise habits can prevent these risk factors.
  • Focus on mental health – Studies have shown that there is a correlation between senior depression and falls. Positive mental health can improve many aspects of a senior’s life, as well as reduce the risk of falls. In order to improve the physical and mental quality of life seniors should stay connected to their loved ones, engage in fun activities and find a sense of purpose.

Although some families consider fall prevention only when their loved one is already hurt, taking precautions beforehand is a strategy that could significantly improve a senior’s quality of life.

Comfort Keepers Can Help

At Comfort Keepers of Edmonton, we understand how falls can reduce a senior’s quality of life, which is why we provide a thorough home evaluation for all of our clients. By minimizing hazards in the home we reduce the risk of falls and ensure a client’s safety. Our caregivers can also help with mobility issues, provide transportation when needed, support physician-prescribed exercise regimens and diets and assist with housekeeping. Whether your loved one needs help with fall prevention or is recovering after a fall, we are here to assist.

Contact us today and learn more about our quality in-home care services.

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