Home Care Helps Prevent Falls Among Older Adults
31 March 2021, We provide homecare to over 100 older people in the community and have seen a simple fall having a detrimental effect on someone’s life, especially on older people lives. There are various reasons why older adults become more at risk for falls, this could be due to medications, injury, balance issues, and even vision problems. Falls are risky because older adults are more prone to broken bones and serious head injuries. Many older adults live in fear of falling because of the damage it causes. Fortunately, preventing falls is not difficult. There are many precautions you can take to reduce the risk and even prevent fall in older adults and here are a few of them.
1. Check the Environment
Many falls happen because the environment is not ideal. Tripping hazards such as cords, rugs, objects on the floor, and uneven surfaces cause many falls. It’s important to ensure that the living environment is free of many of these hazards. Remove boxes, magazine racks, small tables, and even plants stands from major walkthrough areas. Adhere loose rugs to the floor or remove them from your home. Place necessities like personal care items, cooking utensils, plates, cups, etc. within easy reach. Clean up spills immediately and use skid-free and non-slip rugs in the bathroom.
2. Add Railing Where Needed
Railing is a great tool and helps prevent many falls. Railing can help older adults get in and out of the bath or shower. They can help people get up the stairs. They can help people get down the stairs without falling. Railing in all the right places is one of the best ways to prevent falls.
3. Check Medications
Some medications have side effects that cause dizziness and imbalances. These medications leave older adults at risk of falling. It’s important to talk with your doctor if you are experiencing any side effects. They can help you find ways to manage the side effects or find alternatives that don’t impact you the same way. Additionally, if you have heart disease, diabetes, and thyroid issues, you may be at risk of falling as well.
4. Stay Active
Fear of falling can cause many older adults to stop being as active. This causes more problems because as muscles atrophy, it actually increases the risk of falling. Staying active ensures muscles stay strong. This can be as simple as taking a walk everyday or even doing some exercises with bands to strengthen muscles. If you’re afraid of falling, it’s okay to use a walker or a cane for additional balance or only go walk in places where you know the ground will be level.
5. Get Your Hearing and Vision Tested
If you can’t see that it’s in your way, you can’t avoid it. Vision problems account for many falls. Without being able to see correctly, you can misjudge distances, not see what’s on the floor, and even see things that aren’t there. It’s important to wear updated prescription lenses to be able to see correctly.
Additionally, hearing problems can also lead to falls. Our ears help us balance correctly. When we have something blocking our hearing like wax buildup or hearing loss due to old age, this impacts our balance.
6. Get Help
If your loved one is experiencing frequent falls, then it might be the time that you contact professionals such as Home Instead for help. Having a professional care agency supporting your loved ones will prevent or reduce falls significantly. As Home Instead provides person-centered care, we will carryout environmental risk assessment thoroughly and offer you advice and support in adapting the home and making it safer for your loved ones. Because Home Instead Greenwich & Bexley provides continuity of care, the perfectly matched CAREGviers will keep an eye on their clients for any changes for example, infections such as UTI that can impair mobility and causes unsteadiness and increase the risk of trips and falls. We also provide 24 hours live-in care, which means a professional highly trained CAREGiver stays with your loved ones in their home or if needed, a group care CAREGivers can also provide round the clock care.
If you need further information about Home Instead Greenwich & Bexley home care services, please contact us on 02037718424 or visit us at www.homeinstead.co.uk/greenwch-bexley.
Please note that we cover the whole of Greenwich and Bexley boroughs, but we also cover areas such as Deptford, Lewisham, Peckham, Brockley, New Cross, Surry Quays and neighbouring areas. Our Live-In Care services are very popular in Greenwich, Blackheath, Eltham, Sidcup and Bexley.