Falling down can be dangerous at any age, but seniors are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries and long recovery periods. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year one in three adults age 65 and over takes a spill and it’s the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
The following in-home adjustments can be made to reduce the risk of falling:
- Keep floors clear of clutter
- Arrange furniture so that pathways are unobstructed
- Install grab bars in the bathroom, both in the shower and near the toilet
- Install handrails for stairs
- Remove area rugs
- Install night lights for a clear path after the sun goes down
These personal changes can also help prevent injury:
- Exercise regularly to maintain strength and balance
- Talk to your doctor to identify medications that might cause dizziness
- Have annual eye exams to ensure optimal vision
- Get adequate calcium and vitamin D to keep bones strong
Falls cannot always be avoided, but these steps can help reduce the risk of injury for your loved one. For more caregiver information visit our resources page or call 812-723-2595.