Fall prevention in Elderly

Fall prevention in Elderly

Fall prevention in Elderly

As we grow older, decrease in physical strength and health and sometimes due to side effects of the medications , elderly are more likely to fall. In fact, slipping among older adults is the main cause of hospitalization. 

You can use the below strategies to prevent fall

 1.       Exercise : Simple exercises , yoga or even regular walk is very important. Physical activities increase the strength of the muscles and the joints. If you feel healthy and strong falling accidents will be less.

 2.       Wear Good Shoes: Take your shoes as part of your fall prevention strategy. Heels, flops and slick sole shoes will cause you to slide, slip and fall. And you could walk on your feet. Wear strong, fitting shoes with non-smooth soles instead. Sensitive shoes can alleviate joint pain as well.

 3.       Remove Obstructions:  Look around your house, can be full of dangers in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, corridors and stairs. To make your home more secure.

·       Remove boxes, newspapers, cords and telephone cables.

·       Moves coffee tables from cluttered zones, magazine shelves, and plant stands.

·       Set dry, tacky, or slip resistant carpet with a double-faced band — or remove loose carpets from your home.

·       Immediately repair loose, wooden floorboards and tapestries.

·       Stock readily available clothes, dishes, food and other needs.

·       Clean spread oils, grates or food instantly.

·       In the bath or shower, use nonslip pads.

4.       Use Aids : Use aids to complement you. You can use aids that complement you like cane, walker, wheelchair, bath chair, grab bars, commode, raised toilet etc. Always use your prescribed hearing aid and glasses to avoid missing anything that can be a possible harm to you.

5.       See Your Doctor : Many medicines might cause dizziness and light-headedness. Talk to your doctor immediately on the way you feel after taking your medication. Discuss any feeling of discomfort.

 

 So , In Nutshell,

·       Seek assistance, whenever you require. Don’t hesitate !

·       Proper lighting in the house

·       Keep your paths clear to the washroom 

·       Properly use walkers or canes

·       Check your doctor for drugs if they make you dizzy.

·       Check your eyes and your ears. Use hearing aids and glasses, if required.

·       Install hand rails or grab bars in your house.

·       Use antiskid tiles in bathrooms.