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How Seniors Can Prevent Falls in the Home

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

For seniors, falls can pose significant risks to health and independence, and can seriously impact the feet, necessitating the need to make fall prevention techniques in the home important. Start by ensuring adequate lighting throughout the house, especially in hallways, staircases, and bathrooms, to enhance visibility and reduce tripping hazards. Remove clutter and secure loose rugs or carpets to prevent slips and falls. Install grab bars in bathrooms and near toilets and showers to provide stability and support. Additionally, consider adding non-slip mats or adhesive strips to bathtub and shower floors. Keep commonly used items within easy reach to avoid overreaching or straining. Regular exercise to improve strength, balance, and flexibility can also reduce the risk of falls. Ensure that footwear fits well and provides proper support and traction. Regularly review medications with a healthcare provider to identify potential side effects that may increase fall risk. If falling has happened and foot conditions have arisen, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment and additional prevention methods.

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 Ahmad Elsamad, DPM from The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery . Our doctor 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 offices located in Merrillville, and Munster, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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