Senior Safety | October 12, 2021
Preventing Senior Falls | According to estimates, one in every three older adults over 65 sustains a fall each year. While falling may not be particularly hazardous for younger individuals, the effects of falls often entail disastrous consequences for seniors. Fractures and internal injuries caused by falls are the main cause of long-term hospital admissions in older Canadians, many of which end in fatal outcomes.
The risk of suffering a serious injury in a fall-related accident significantly increases with age. First of all, elderly proneness to falls can be attributed to biological changes in the aging body such as muscle weakness, mobility issues, vision loss, chronic conditions, and physical impairments. Then there are prescribed medications whose side effects are known to affect balance and gait.
Behavior also plays a strong role when it comes to falls. Many seniors are so used to keeping up with their routine at home that they forget themselves and attempt to perform tasks that were once easy but are now too strenuous or unnecessarily risky. Climbing a ladder to dust ceilings or hanging draperies, pruning trees, or shoveling snow are just a few examples of how falls happen.
Additional factors that put seniors at a higher risk of falling can be associated with poor lifestyle habits like inadequate diet, a lack of physical activity, and alcohol abuse. Last but not least, environmental factors such as dim lights, uneven flooring, and a lack of handrails in the home are also major fall risks.
The best strategy for reducing falls is to raise awareness among seniors while introducing certain fall-proofing modifications to boost safety in the home. Family caregivers and their elderly loved ones need to learn more about fall risks and how to eliminate them. As a primary caregiver, you can help by encouraging your loved one to:
In addition to this, make sure to thoroughly inspect your mom or dad’s home and tackle loose carpets, rugs, clutter, or anything else your loved one may trip over. Also consider adding certain safety features such as grab bars, railings, or additional lighting fixtures, at least in the bathroom.
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