We all fall at some point in our life regardless of age. Just look at babies and how often they fall and pick themselves right back up! Unfortunately, as we grow older, we lose that resilience and vitality. For seniors, in particular, having a bad fall is the common cause of incurring hip or ankle fractures. Sometimes, falling can lead one into a downward spiral of falling, getting injured, being unable to move around, muscles weakening, and thus having a higher chance of falling again. Thus, fall prevention strategies are important to implement to make your loved ones feel more independent and improve their quality of life.
Keep the House Tidy
The easiest way to ensure no one falls is to make sure that the house is tidy. If a child’s toys are scattered around, for example, it could greatly increase the chances of tripping and falling. A neat environment, however, is more than just messy belongings. It could also mean a slippery rug or a loose tile. Thus, it is important to make sure that you look out for these and get them replaced regularly. You could even tape them to the floor but that could become problematic once the tape loses its efficacy.
Exercising has many benefits and chief among them is its ability to strengthen muscles. You might ask why this is important to prevent falls. Well, the reason is that we have stabilizing muscles in our body whose job is to support us in case we ever trip. They naturally keep us from falling but over time, like any other muscle, they weaken. This means that exercise and especially exercise that strengthens muscles is beneficial. You may want to encourage your loved ones to do weight-bearing exercises. It may help to do these with a group of dedicated peers who will provide socializing opportunities too.
Get Your Eyes Examined
Our vision will deteriorate as we age. This is due to a variety of reasons like genetics and weakening muscles. This is why most states require you to get your eyes examined if you want to keep your driving license. However, there are other benefits to getting your eyes checked; you will get the right pair of glasses for your needs and eye treatment if needed.
Wear Comfortable Apparel
The importance of clothing for preventing falls can’t be overstated. Many a time you may have noticed your loved ones wearing clothes that no longer fit them such as long trousers or loose shoes. Sometimes, they increase one’s risk of tripping or getting tangled up in the door. Ideally, shoes should be non-slip and Velcro while clothing should be of just the right size.
Use Mobility Aids
Mobility aids such as a cane, a walker, or even a wheelchair can dramatically increase one’s confidence in walking. It provides the support necessary to continue one’s daily activities. A doctor should be consulted to recommend the best fit for you and your lifestyle needs.