Help Seniors Avoid Falling – Here’s How
Did you know that falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injuries and even deaths worldwide? In fact, research shows that seniors who are 65 years and above suffer from fatal falls. Whether they fall from a slippery floor, rickety stairs or electrical cords, it can happen anywhere and anytime of the day and this can result in head injuries, hip fracture, and broken bones depending on its impact.
Seniors deserve to live a better life – free from any accidents. That means as a family member, it is your duty and responsibility to be mindful of their surroundings that might cause them to fall. Although there are times that falling cannot be avoided, at least they are cautious in every step they take. Help them avoid falls through these simple and practical ways mentioned below:
Losing some coordination and balance is a common effect of aging. Also, the seniors’ flexibility and mobility may not be as cooperative as before causing them to fall. Help them achieve their balance through practicing their way of walking.
The blurring of eyesight is inevitable for seniors. Although they can still see what’s in front of them, things may still seem cloudy. This can result in poor judgment, causing them to confuse things. You can prevent their sight from worsening by letting them eat foods that are rich in vitamin C and E, omega-3, lutein, fatty acids, and zinc.
If you think that taking of medicines doesn’t have any side effects, then you better think again. There are prescriptions and over-the-counter medications that can cause dizziness and dehydration to seniors leading them to out of balance. Before taking the medications, ask the doctor about it.
- Chronic Conditions
Usually, seniors who have a chronic illness such as diabetes, stroke or arthritis will most likely experience falling. This is because their condition can cause them to deteriorate their bodily function resulting in inactivity and loss of balance. Help patients avoid falling by assisting and guiding them their way.
There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing your senior loved one fall. You can help them avoid such unfortunate accidents by knowing what and what not to do when giving personal assistance. If you need professional help, On Call Care Services LLC got your back. Trust us in giving exceptional care to your loved ones. Call us at 816-569-5470 now!