When one reaches a certain age, falls and injuries no longer result in mere bruises or cuts. Traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and even death can take place when accidents happen. Many older individuals are afraid of falling which deters them from living to their fullest, which is unfortunate. Here are a few tips you can follow which can help your aging loved ones in preventing falls.
Create a Safer Home Environment
You may not realize it, but chances are high that there are environmental hazards in your home. Having such hazards does not mean you intend to injure anybody, it’s more likely that you’re simply not paying enough attention. The ideal home features include slip-proof surfaces, but for many homeowners, this is simply not attainable due to financial restraints or other issues. Fret not, there are smaller modifications you can make to your home environment that can reduce the chances of your loved one falling from accidents:
- Ensure that all rugs and carpets are firmly secured to the floor. If not, you can use double-sided tape to stick them down
- All rooms and stairwells should be brightly lit
- Toilets, shower areas, and stairwells should have sturdy handrails installed on both sides for support
- Use a non-slip strip on toilet floors and kitchens to prevent
Used Prescribed Mobility Aids
Usually, older individuals are hesitant when it comes to using mobility aids due to having to lug around another object with them everywhere they go. These devices are used so that the elderly can live independently, safely, and actively, but it is critical that they use the right mobility aids for their needs, whether it is a cane, rollator, or a walker. Visiting an occupational or physical therapist can help in finding out what the most suitable medical equipment is based on an assessment and educating your loved one on how to use it. Another way to prevent falls is to ensure your loved one is walking in supportive, non-slip, and low-heeled shoes outdoors and indoors.
Physical Activity Can Help
We all know that balance and strength training is important for everyone to live optimally, but this is especially so for older adults who want to maintain their level of mobility and fitness for longer. As people age, it’s easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle and avoid physical activities. When this happens, they begin to lose muscle mass, flexibility, coordination, and strength, leading to higher fall risk. Creating an exercise program that your loved one can easily follow and build upon over time could make a world of a difference for their health and safety.
Why Choose The Park Oak Grove?
As one of the best retirement communities in Virginia, we promote a socially and physically active lifestyle to all residents under our care. Having days filled with fun among like-minded individuals has never been easier with round-the-clock assistance when and where it is required.
If you have any inquiries about our range of services, don’t hesitate to contact us today!