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Preventing Falls among Seniors

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

By Joseph Little

Falls can occur anytime to people of any age. The older someone gets, the more dangerous a simple fall can be. Seniors are more likely to break a bone in a fall. A broken bone for a senior can lead to a long recovery period and loss of independence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people age 65 and older. More then 90 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling.
Even if not injured, falling can be very scary to an older adult. A spokesperson from American Physical Therapist Association says you need to make sure they feel comfortable telling you if they fall or are afraid of falling, this could save their life.
Most falls occur because of issues with slipping, balance, slow reflexes, prior illness, poor vision, and medications. Below are 8 areas and ideas to look at when trying to prevent falls in older adults:
1. Bathroom:
You can install grab bars in the shower and near the toilet to assist with getting in and out or up and down. Also, you can use non-slip mats in the shower to help.

2. Stairs:
Installing handrails in hallways or entryways as needed. If stairs are not carpeted, put non-slip treads on them.

3. Check-up:
If your senior has recently become a bit unsteady, have their doctor give them a full physical evaluation to rule out any medical issues. Low blood pressure can cause falls, as can diabetes.

4. Medication:
It is very important to go over all medications, prescription and over-the-counter. Some drug side-effects and drug interactions can cause dizziness, weakness, and drowsiness. If you are worried about your parent, you can set up a Skype chat to remind them, or hire a senior caregiver for as little as a few important tasks or all tasks. For home healthcare in Indiana take a look at Alliance Home Health Care.

5. Exercise:
After a good check-up from their doctor, start an exercise and stretch routine. Less then 40 percent of older Americans exercise. Without exercise, you lose your muscle tone and strength, especially in your legs, which is imperative in maintaining balance.

6. Cane fitting:
Purchasing a cane or walker from a home health aide store can be tempting, but too tall or too short can cause more harm than good. According to Bell, many seniors actually fall because they trip on their canes. If a cane is necessary, work with the therapist to get properly fitted and learn how to use it correctly.

7. Reorganize:
Take a look around your senior’s home and see what looks like might give them a problem. A few simple adaptations can make your parent’s home much safer and help them age in place even longer. Areas include: proper lighting, clutter, cords and throw rugs.
If they are living with you, reorganizing your house can help as well. Try to make everything accessible for them on one level. This significantly can reduce the risk of falling on stairs, which can cause the most harm.

8. Pendants:
After doing all of this, a final step in helping your loved ones is to get them a pendent that can be worn around their neck and in case of emergency, allows them to push a button to get immediate medical help. Most systems run about $1 a day for full-time monitoring.

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Home Health Care Safety: Preventing Falls

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Falls are one of the biggest causes of injury among people 65-and-older. According to the CDC, one-in-three seniors fall each year, and falls accounted for over 2.3 million hospital visits in 2013 alone. And while falls can never be 100% prevented, the good news is that there are simple steps you can take right away in your own home to help avoid them.

Below are some tips from the CDC for Home Health Care workers and family caregivers to help prevent senior falls:

1.) Floors

Take note when walking around the home for furniture that is placed in “high traffic” areas. Meaning, are there areas around the home where one would have to walk around a piece of furniture to get to places like the bathroom, TV, or the kitchen? If yes, move them to less walkable areas to help avoid tripping. The same rule applies to cords or objects like books, newspapers and other household items.

Additionally, are there area rugs in walkable areas? If yes, considering removing them or use double-sided tape to secure edges and prevent them from rolling up and tripping an individual.

2.) Kitchen

According to the CDC, one major rule for staying safe around the kitchen is to never use a chair as a step stool; as they are unsteady and can often break or fall over. Additionally, try to prevent the use of step stools in the kitchen by keeping your most used items in easy-to-reach areas. Finally, if you do have to use a step stool, purchase one with bars or handles to aid in getting on and off it.

3.) Bedroom

One of the biggest causes of falls in the bedroom is the result of having to get up in the middle of the night and tripping over furniture or something stray on the floor. Putting lights in areas that can be turned on and off from bed means you don’t have to get up in the dark to find a switch. And, of course, keeping clothes and other personal effects off the floor is essential to preventing tripping and falling.

4.) Talk to your doctor

The CDC also advises that you discuss with your doctor whether or not new medication can cause dizziness or drowsiness that could lead to falls before taking it, and also to find out whether or not the new medication, mixed with medication you’re currently taking, could cause side effects like dizziness as well.

5.) Bathroom

Falls in the bathroom are common among seniors for a variety of reasons. For example, in the bathroom, one has to get up and down to use the toilet or shower, and bathroom floors can become wet, slippery and dangerous after use of the shower.

You can help avoid falls in the bathroom by installing grab bars next to the toilet and shower for assistance in ambulation, and installing non-slip mats on the bathroom and shower/tub floor.

Always remember to be proactive when trying to keep your home, yourself, and your loved ones safe. Keep an eye out for other areas of the home, like stairs and walkways, and make sure they are in good condition. As always, if you need more assistance in your aging in place plan, feel free to contact one of our Care Advisors at 317-581-1100.

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