Fall Prevention: Help a Loved One with These Steps

More than one out of four adults over 65 fall each year, and many of these falls go unreported. Find out how you can help a loved one with these fall-prevention tips.

July 31, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

Unintentional-fall rates are steadily increasing each year, and one out of five cases leads to a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Read on to help keep an elderly loved one from falling and take the steps necessary to keep them healthy.

Visit Their Provider

Though a senior who’s fallen once is twice as likely to fall again, the majority of seniors do not notify their provider after an initial accident. It’s important to inform a loved one’s provider of a fall right away. Also, ask their provider about their medicine and/or the health conditions that could cause a fall.

Some health conditions and issues that could cause a fall include:

Encourage a Healthy Routine

Help a loved one keep up with a regular exercise routine so they can improve their balance and health. Popular activities for seniors include tai chi classes, yoga, or even some simple stretching throughout the day. Help them to keep a balanced diet, and if possible add moderate exercise to prevent fractures. More than 95% of hip fractures occur because of falls, according to the CDC. These changes can significantly help to maintain healthy bones.

Check out some senior centers and exercise classes in New York City now.

Make Their Home Safe with These Tips

Senior Citizen Walking Up Stairs
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  • Remove anything—such as boxes or phone cords—that might get in the way in a typical day
  • Make the space easy to walk through by moving loose rugs or small furniture away. Be sure there is enough light for them to get around as well.
  • Try to add devices like raised toilet seats, a plastic seat for the shower, railings, or whatever else might be useful for their individual needs

Making even minor adjustments to a loved one’s home can help them prevent an injury from a fall in the future.

Taking care of an elderly loved one is not always easy. Find some quick tips about senior health and ways to help them thrive now.

 

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This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“Important Facts About Falls,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed July 10, 2017.
https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

“Hip Fracture Prevention,” Mayo Clinic. Accessed July 10, 2017.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hip-fracture/basics/prevention/con-20021033

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