Falls are a major cause of injury and death for older adults. In fact, falls among adults 65 and older caused over 36,000 deaths in 2020, making it the leading cause of injury death for that group1. Falls can also result in fractures, concussions, and loss of independence.
Fortunately, many falls can be prevented with some simple measures and the help of D&I Home Care, a trusted senior home care agency that provides personalized and compassionate care for seniors in their own homes.
In this article, we will share some tips and resources on how to prevent falls and injuries in seniors with D&I Home Care.
One of the first steps to prevent falls is to talk openly with your doctor and your D&I Home Care caregiver about your fall risks and prevention. Tell them right away if you have fallen, if you’re afraid you might fall, or if you feel unsteady. They can assess your health and medication use, and recommend ways to reduce your fall risk.
Some medications, such as sedatives, antidepressants, and blood pressure drugs, can affect your balance and coordination. Your doctor may be able to adjust your dosage or prescribe alternative medications that are safer for you. Your D&I Home Care caregiver can also help you manage your medications and remind you when to take them.
Another important way to prevent falls is to stay physically active and do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance. Exercises such as Tai Chi, yoga, walking, and strength training can help you maintain your muscle and bone mass, flexibility, and stability.
Your D&I Home Care caregiver can assist you with your exercise routine and encourage you to stay motivated. They can also accompany you on walks or outings to ensure your safety and enjoyment.
Make Your Home Safe
Many falls happen at home due to hazards such as clutter, loose rugs, poor lighting, slippery floors, and uneven surfaces. You can make your home safer by getting rid of trip hazards, keeping floors clutter-free, installing grab bars and handrails in the bathroom and stairs, using non-slip mats and shoes, and improving the lighting in your rooms and hallways.
Your D&I Home Care Services caregiver can help you with making your home safe by doing a free in-home assessment and identifying potential fall risks. They can also assist you with daily tasks such as cleaning, laundry, cooking, and personal care that may otherwise cause you to strain or lose balance.
Get Help When You Need It
Finally, don’t hesitate to get help when you need it. If you have fallen or feel dizzy or unwell, call 911 or your doctor immediately. If you need assistance with getting up from a chair or bed, moving around the house, or using the bathroom, ask your D&I Home Care Services caregiver for help. They are trained and experienced in providing safe and comfortable care for seniors.
D&I Home Care Services is committed to helping seniors prevent falls and injuries and live independently at home. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you or your loved one stay safe and healthy.