Make sure everything is spread out and not cluttered at home, use the corners for huge furniture. Make sure the place is well lit up. Warm up everyday in the morning to avoid injury. Check with the doctor if your medicines can cause dizziness. Keep a check on your eyes and wear glasses if you need to at all times.
25% of seniors who fall and break a hip require life-long nursing care. 50% of older patients who fall can no longer live in their home. A nursing home becomes necessary.
Why You’re More Likely to Fall as You Get Older?
- You just aren’t as coordinated when you can’t hear or see as well.
- Your reaction time slows because nerves fray that carry information from your brain to your muscles.
- You can’t move as easily when you’re weaker and less flexible.
Things To Do To Avoid Falls
To avoid falling, educate yourself. Then be confident. Too often, seniors are afraid of falling so limit activities.
- A third of falls happen in the home.
- People usually trip over something on the floor.
2. Make your Home Safer
- Install more lighting.
- Add grab bars and nonskid mats in bathrooms.
- Sleep on a lower height bed that’s easier to get in and out of.
- Wipe up floor spills immediately.
- Avoid floor polish and wax in the kitchen so the floor won’t be as slippery.
- Use contrasting colors on counter tops and grab bars to help you see them.
- Warm up slowly to avoid injury.
- Stretch to keep joints flexible.
- Strengthen to build bone strength and slow progression of the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis.
4. Review Medications
- Ask your doctor if a lower dose of medications that cause dizziness might work.
- Multiple medications increase risk.
- Don’t drink alcohol when taking medication.
5. Take Care of your Eyes
- Reduced depth perception, visual acuity and increased sensitivity to glare increase your chances of falling.
- Get regular eye exams.
- Clean your glasses.
6. Prevent Osteoporosis
- If you fall and have osteoporosis, your bones will be more likely to break.
- Get plenty of exercise, calcium and vitamin D.