There are few things scarier for the elderly than a fall. A fall can result in an array of problems and pain — or worse. So what can you do to prevent falls in an elderly home? Here are some tips that can help.
1. Prepare the Home
Elderproofing your home is critically important. There is nothing that can substitute for making sure the elderly person in the home is not in danger of slipping, falling, or otherwise hurting his or herself. If you need a consultation to help you assess your home, David York Agency has full elderproofing services by a certified specialist. Here is a handy tip sheet.
2. Regular Exercise
Exercise can help an elderly person maintain balance and strength. This has a two-fold benefit in that good balance control will prevent falls while increased strength can help prevent or lessen injuries.
3. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy may be prescribed by the elderly person’s doctor. This can further increase balance and strength. Talk to their doctor about getting a referral.
4. Standing and Sitting
Standing and sitting are things we don’t think much about, but the elderly can have a very hard time with these everyday tasks. Help them remember to do so slowly and consciously to avoid dizziness and balance issues that can result in a fall.
5. Limit Alcohol
Even if the doctor allows it in moderation, alcohol increases dizziness and should be limited in the case of an elderly person at risk of falling.
If you have an elderly loved one living at home, it is important to take steps to reduce the risk of falls. Implementing the above safety tips will help keep your loved one from being injured. For additional information on preventing senior falls, look at our handout and our resource page, or contact us to learn more about elder care.
At David York Agency, we understand the fears and challenges that being at high risk for falls can bring, not just for the person diagnosed, but for everyone in their life. We provide families with the support and care they need during this particularly difficult time.
For more information about David York Agency’s qualified, compassionate caregivers, contact us at 718.376.7755. A free consultation can help you decide what services might be best to provide you and your loved one with the assistance they need.