Many of us have seen the “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up” commercial before. Despite the fact that USA Today voted this the most memorable marketing campaign of the past 25 years back in 2007, falls in the home are still a problem.
In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for people over the age of 65. We often associate mobility problems with the risk of falling in older adults, but this is not always the problem. These are just some ways that we can help prevent falls in the home.
Tip #1 – Review medication and health conditions
There is a reason that the stereotype of an elderly person with a huge pillbox exists – older people tend to take more medication. Many medications may increase the risk of falls. A wide variety of prescription medications have dizziness as a potential side effect, but leg cramps may be caused by diuretics prescribed for high blood pressure to name but one other cause.
We cannot simply worry about side effects though. Every type of medication (including herbal and vitamin supplements) may interact with one another in a negative way. Even something as harmless as aspirin should be talked about with a personal physician. Everyone reacts differently to medication, and our reaction to medication may change over time.
Tip #2 – Using fall prevention aids
Making adjustments to your home and moving items out of the way might not be enough to prevent a fall. A doctor or physical therapist may suggest a mobility aid such as a walker or a cane. It is one thing to use it; it is another to use it effectively and correctly.
As far as falls are concerned, the bathroom may be the most hazardous place. This makes it important to make bathing safer by installing nonslip mats and hand bars. Alternatively, it may be possible to sit while showering thanks to the installation of nonskid seats. There are many adjustments that you can make, you just have to be willing to ask for help.
Tip #3 – Make sure to exercise
It might seem counterintuitive to begin with an exercise program if you are worried about falling. However, you increase the risk of falling by remaining sedentary. It can lower someone’s coordination, flexibility, balance, and stamina. Low-impact cardio exercises like swimming or walking are perfect for building stamina. There are programs available that are designed for senior citizens, first-timers, and people with limited mobility. This is going to drastically reduce the risk of falls.