As we age, the risk of falls in our homes becomes a growing concern. The good news is that with a few thoughtful modifications, you can transform your living space into a safe haven for elderly family members. This can begin by decluttering walkways, ensuring clear, unobstructed paths, followed by removing tripping hazards such as loose rugs and electrical cords. Installing handrails and grab bars which can provide essential support, is critical in bathrooms and staircases. Adequate lighting is vital, and dimly lit areas can be brightened, in addition to adding nightlights which can reduce the risk of stumbling in the dark. Consider anti-slip flooring options to improve traction. In the bathroom, invest in a shower chair and non-slip mats to prevent accidents. Regular maintenance of your home's infrastructure, including checking for loose floorboards or uneven surfaces, is also important. If you would like additional information about effective methods to keep your home safe for senior family members, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.
Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Richard P. Jacoby, DPM from Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.
Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.
How to Prevent Falls
Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:
- Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
- Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
- Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
- Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
- Utilizing a walker or cane
- Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
- Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness
Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.