Older Americans account for over two million falls every year with a fall occurring every eleven seconds.
3232 Statistics show 30% of falls occur in people over the age of 65. The cost of pain and suffering is immeasurable but the medical bills, hospital costs, and rehab expenses are known to have cost billions of dollars in Medicare coverage. Unfortunately, statistics prove once a person has fallen, they are at a high risk of falling again. Steps have been introduced to decrease incidences and risks associated with falls and injuries for Senior Citizens. A clear assessment of mobility and safety at home is instrumental in the reduction of falls. Continue reading for tips to keep you on your feet to reduce falls and injuries.
Be aware of surroundings and yourself to deter falling. If you tend to be dizzy or lightheaded when standing up or rising from bed, your doctor should be informed.
Some medications may cause dizziness. Procure the necessary precautions and discuss side effects with your doctor. The doctor may select an alternate prescription without side effects. Over-the-counter medications for colds and coughs may cause side effects as well.
Balance is always a serious concern for Seniors. Many factors interfere with balance. Weight, neuropathy, ear and vision worries may be influencers. If you experience problems, consult a medical expert. Again, be aware of your body’s signals and do not hesitate to discuss with your physician.
Assess Your Home
Each room in your home needs to be assessed for potential fall risks. The outside is equally important in all types of weather.
Throw rugs should be flat and secured…better yet, not even used. Keep lamp and appliance cords bundled, not strewn haphazardly on the floor.
Clutter in any room must be avoided. If necessary, put baskets or bins around the home for temporary storage of items otherwise lying on the floor. Keep walkways clear of tripping hazards.
If you use small appliances regularly, have them easily accessible. Cabinets and shelves holding the items used the most should be within reach. Wheelchair users may need to make additional modifications to be confident halls and doorways are wide enough.
Most falls occur in the bathroom. Non-slip mats, strips or decals in the bathtub or shower area help decrease fall risk. Rugs should always be non-slip. Tile and ceramic floors are dangerously slippery when wet. Wear slippers or sandals with non-slip soles to minimize chances of falling on the bathroom floor.
Addressing a Serious Problem
Thousands of falls result in injury. When preventative measures are not taken falling grows into a vicious cycle…fear of falling, weakness, imbalance and subsequently another fall. You should be able to reduce falls when combining the preventative measures in this article and remaining active.
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