Did you know that those with memory loss or dementia are 4 to 5 times greater at risk for falling than seniors without impairment?
If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible.
The most effective fall prevention plan is the one suited for the individual. Assessing health risks such as vision, dizziness, stability, and strength can be a good start. Below are a few steps you can take to help a loved one reduce their risk of a fall:
1. Evaluate Deficiencies - Review effects of current medications, assess vision health, and identify any pain points. Notice if they are holding on for support when walking or if they appear to have difficulty getting up from a seated position.
2. Declutter - Do a safety walk-through of the home; ensuring it is well-lit, pathways are cleared of clutter and slip-prone areas like the bathroom have grab bars properly secured.
3. Provide Support - Emphasize safety. Stand by to assist when resident is getting up. Employ walkers or canes for additional support when walking.
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