According to the CDC, older adults aged 65+ suffer a fall in the US, making falls the leading cause of injury and injury death in this age group. There are many ways to help seniors avoid the risk of falls including routine preventative doctor visits, daily exercise, and a healthy diet. The tips in this article primarily focus on preventing household falls through the safety of the physical home.
While you cannot prevent 100% of falls, there are precautions one can take to help minimize the risk.
By implementing these measures, you can help seniors to stay safe and avoid falls in the home. In addition, you may find the CDC checklist to help identify and eliminate additional fall hazards in your home.
Understanding fall risks are the first step in creating a safe home for our loved ones and ourselves. In addition to a routine physical exam, you may have your prescriptions reviewed as well. Along with proper footwear, vision, and hearing checks can all play a part in decreasing your fall risk. At any time, if you or your loved one has had a fall, it is best to be checked by your doctor.
Senior Living communities like Priority Life Care can also help with fall risk with their 24/7 availability. Daily checks by staff and routine assessments are helpful for seniors who otherwise would be living alone. In the event a senior does have a fall, residents can use their emergency call system to have someone come right away.
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