Here is a checklist you might find handy: Preventing Falls in the Elderly
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2019, over 3 million older adults experienced falls so severe that they needed to visit the emergency room and 34,000 were fatal. It is critical for older adults and their families to take precautions to prevent falls and avoid injuries. The following are 10 tips for preventing falls in the elderly.
There are physical & environmental causes to consider….
- Regular exercise. Exercise like yoga and tai chi can help improve balance while weight-bearing exercises can improve strength. If balance and strength are an issue, your provider may recommend physical therapy.
- Move slowly. Change positions slowly, allowing time in between each position change to prevent dizziness. Also, pausing before going up or down stairs is beneficial in preventing falls.
- Seek medical care for dizziness. Dizziness may be the cause of an underlying medical condition and should be worked up by your provider.
- Review your medications. Have your provider or pharmacist review certain medications that may make you dizzy or drowsy.
- Avoid clutter. Avoiding clutter in rooms, especially cluttered floors. This is one of the easiest methods for preventing falls.
- Be sure your home is well-lit. Inadequate lighting is a major risk factor for falls. Be sure that narrow hallways, stairs, and bathrooms are well-lit at all times.
- Install grab bars. Installing grab bars near your shower, tub, and toilet can provide additional support to avoid falls in the bathroom.
- Use a non-skid bath mat. Using a non-skid bath mat in your shower or tub can prevent falls while the surface is slippery.
- Wear rubber-soled shoes. Shoes with rubber soles allow for comfort and safety by preventing slipping on slick surfaces.
- Avoid loose clothing. Clothing that drags on the floor or bunches during walking poses a serious risk for falls.
Here is a checklist you might find handy that is available on our Resources/Free Downloads page: Preventing Falls in the Elderly
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