by Michelle Kicherer of www.BananaPitch.com
One of the most common causes of injury in older adults is falling, and for a variety of reasons, older bodies are usually more easily injured than those of their younger counterparts. Older adults also tend to have poor coordination which not only causes fall to occur, but can result in in falls causing greater damage (for example, older folks may not brace themselves well). Elders typically have fragile bones, weaker muscles, and poorer vision than they used to. All of these factors increase the risk of more serious injuries as a result of falling. Folks with dementia tend to have an even higher risk of falling, due to poor nutrition, coordination and gait.
Below are some ways to help reduce the fall risk for the elders in your life:
- Make sure rugs are very secure and flat around the edges.
- Be mindful of what shoes your older adults are wearing around the house; loose slippers or backless house shoes can create hazards.
- Likewise with socks: if their living space has wood or otherwise slick floors, sock feet might not be a good option.
- Remind older adults to drink enough fluids. Proper hydration keeps muscles functioning better.
- Keep hallways well lit to improve visibility. Many may find it useful to install light sensors, especially for late night wanderers.
- Secure handrails when appropriate. Especially in rooms with steps!
- Keep floors clean and tidy as much as possible so that there are less objects to trip on.
Thank you for all you do for the older adults in your life. One of the most important ways of showing you care is to help keep people safe!
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