Foot and Ankle Pain Specialist
A Safe Home for Aging Loved OnesTuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00
Creating a safe home environment for aging loved ones is a top priority in preventing falls and ensuring their well-being. This can begin by decluttering living spaces, removing obstacles, and securing loose rugs to provide clear pathways. Installing handrails and grab bars in key areas such as bathrooms and staircases can offer support for balance. Adequate lighting throughout the home is essential in preventing tripping and considering motion-activated lights for nighttime navigation can be helpful in fall prevention. Invest in non-slip mats in the bathroom and kitchen, where floors are often slippery. Make everyday items easily accessible, thereby reducing the need to climb or reach for them. Regularly check and maintain staircases, handrails, and flooring for any hazards. Finally, encourage loved ones to wear appropriate footwear with non-slip soles and ensure they receive regular vision and hearing checkups. These simple modifications can significantly reduce the risk of falls, allowing your aging loved ones to maintain their independence and safety at home. If you would like additional information about fall prevention techniques, it is suggested that you confer 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 one of our podiatrists from Ankle & Foot Care Center. Our doctors 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 our office located in Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.