Although fall prevention efforts should be made year-round, a change of season is a good time to remind caregivers and older adults of the risks associated with falls – and simple prevention tips to integrate.
Falls are not limited to those seniors who live at home alone, or even exclusively among seniors. They can occur in assisted living homes, independent living apartments, and other senior care facilities. Also, caregivers (both family members and professionals) can suffer falls in the midst of providing care (i.e. during a transfer from bed to wheelchair, etc.).
Dr. Rein Tideiksaar, a gerontologist, geriatric physician’s assistant, and owner of a consulting company called FallPrevent, shared fall prevention facts and tips in a recent post on eCareDiary.com.
Changes in the body (poor vision, low blood pressure, effects of medications) and environmental hazards (clutter in the home or senior living apartment, too many rugs of varying textures and pile heights, slick surfaces) certainly increase fall risk.
But for some, a fall is indicative of another problem: pneumonia, a bladder infection, or other illnesses can lead to an uptick in the threat of fall-related injuries. If your loved one suffers a fall (for an unidentified reason), you may want to schedule a doctor’s appointment to rule out the possibility of an underlying illness.
Check out our Fall Prevention checklist here.