Falls are the leading cause of injury for those 65 and older. According to the National Council on Aging there are six steps to help reduce falls in the elderly:
- Enlist the support of your loves one by taking simple steps to stay safe.
This may include talking with a loved one to determine if they feel that they are at risk of falling. If they are concerned about falling due to dizziness or balance issues- try talking to a health care provider who can assess their risk.
- Discuss their current health conditions.
Find out of your loved one is struggling to manage their own health such as forgetting to take medications. Encourage them to meet with a health care provider to discuss these concerns.
- Ask about their last eye checkup.
If your loved one wears glasses, make sure their prescription is up to date.
- Notice if they are struggling with mobility.
If a loved one is holding on to walls or furniture when walking or standing up, it might be time to see a physical therapist.
- Talk about their medications.
Encourage your loved one to keep track of the possible side effects of medications. If a side effect is dizziness, encourage them to talk to their doctor about an alternative medication.
- Do a walk-through safety assessment of their home.
Contact an occupational therapist for professional assistance in making their home safe. This might include extra lighting, secure rails on all stairs and grab bars near the shower and toilet, etc.