Seniors experience an increased risk of falling for a number of reasons: a decline in cognitive function or coordination, decreased vision, loss of balance or mobility, depth perception issues resulting from dementia, and more. Whether you’re concerned about an older loved one at home or in assisted living, consider these simple how to prevent a fall ideas from the Boca Home Care Services blog:
- Wear proper footwear with non-skid, non-slip rubber soles.
- Take sleeping pills after you are in bed, and do not have a glass of wine with it.
- Install guard rails and grab bars in high-traffic locations throughout the home, especially in the bathroom.
- Use night lights in the hallway, bedroom and bathroom should your loved one need to make a midnight trip there.
- Exercise regularly, even if it’s just a light routine, to maintain strength and balance.
- Use gripping, no-slip bath mats in the shower.
- Keep walking paths inside and outside the home or assisted living apartment free of clutter or other hazardous debris (i.e. loose rugs that are not secured, electrical wires and cords, leaves, snow, ice, etc.).
- Check with your doctor to see if any of your loved one’s medications cause dizziness and may be contributing to their lack of balance or stability.
To review the full list (25 tips in all), click here.