5 Ways to Avoid Falls For Seniors
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number one cause of injury-related deaths among elderly Americans is falling. In winter, we often think of falling on snow and ice, and that’s very important to watch out for. However, most injury-causing falls happen to seniors inside their own homes, so here are 5 ways to help avoid falls for seniors.
1. Reduce Home Hazards
- Install handrails in tubs & around the toilet, and an elevated toilet seat.
- Make sure your home is properly lit, especially in doorways, stairways, and halls.
- Eliminate throw rugs, magazine holders, floor lamps, or other loose items on the floor.
- Install non-slip treads in tubs, on stairs, and in entryways.
- Have your home inspected by a safety professional.
2. Get Regular Exercise
- Ask your doctor for a list of exercises appropriate for your age and condition.
- Get a friend or two to join you at a regular time each week to help you stay on course.
- Find a variety of activities you can enjoy that also allow you to get appropriate exercise.
3. Get Regular Eye Exams
- The CDC recommends one eye exam per year minimum.
- Many seniors suffer from a lack of depth perception, a major cause of falling.
4. Review Medications
- Ask your doctor if you have medications which may cause dizziness.
- Always take a list of all your medications to your doctor’s appointments.
- Always have prescriptions filled at the same pharmacy to avoid confusion.
5. Be Wise
- Only do what you are comfortable doing.
- Always use your cane, walker, or other assistive equipment, even when you might not “need” it.
- Before doing anything out of the ordinary, think carefully about any falling hazards.
- Ask for help with any task that makes you feel unsteady.