Falls are a major cause of injury and disability among older adults. One of the most common places that seniors fall is in their own homes. This can be prevented by making several modifications to the living space. The easiest and fastest way to reduce risk of falling is to clear any clutter, especially from the floor and areas like hallways and staircases. Remove tripping hazards such as loose or slippery carpets or rugs. Install grab bars in the bathroom, where slippery floors can make falling more likely, and install handrails on the stairs. Install brighter lighting and nightlights to help seniors see where they are walking. Seniors with good foot health may be less likely to fall. To help maintain foot health and mobility, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
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 David Jenson, DPM, FAENS from Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialist. 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 office located in The Woodlands, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Falls Prevention