How to prevent falls in the elderly
As we age, our physical health and body-strength weakens, so falls become more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. So equipping your home with fall-proof accessories and adopting a fall-strategy is a very sensible idea.
Follow our top tips and the fear of falling won't have to overshadow your life.
How to Make your Home Fall-Proof
- Having a good clear-up is a great start. Remove trip hazards and free up plenty of floor space for easy access around the home.
- Your doctor might recommend using a cane or walker to keep you steady but other simple, discreet accessories like these can be a lifesaver when you're less stable on your feet.
- Hand rails for both sides of stairways or on the front/back doorstep.
- A raised toilet seat or one with armrests
- Grab bars for the shower or bath
- A sturdy plastic shower seat for the shower or the bath
- If you are prone to falling regularly you might want to consider wearing clothing or underwear with padding designed specifically for protecting your hips in a fall.
- Wear sensible shoes
- High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles can make you slip, stumble or fall. So can walking in socks or tights. Wearing sturdy, properly fitting shoes with nonslip soles is essential for preventing falls and may also help to reduce joint pain.
- Around the house we recommend wearing comfortable, non-slip slippers like these - they're easy to put on & take off.
Consult your GP to reduce the risk of falling
Your doctor can advise you on whether your medication could be causing you to fall, or be more susceptible to falling. They can also draw up an action plan to reduce your risk of falling.
If you're still unsure, we at Mediworld can advise you on how to equip your home with fall-proof accessories. We have over 40 years of homecare and medical experience and are more than happy to help.
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