According to statistics, one in every three older adults will fall each year, but less than half of them will consult with their doctors about it. Falls are also the leading cause of injury among older adults, resulting in cuts, hip fractures, and potentially fatal head and brain traumas. Even if there is no significant damage, a fall can be so terrifying that older adults may avoid particular activities out of fear of falling again. Read on for some of the best fall prevention tips.
Causes of Falls
Some of the most common causes of falls are in the house, where you may have a false sense of security. Such reasons include loose electrical cables, shaky stairs, or slippery flooring. As a result, fall prevention begins with ensuring a safe living environment.
Many people trip at home because they move from a sitting to a standing position too rapidly, and vice versa. Preventing such falls is as simple as taking your time. All you have to do is pause between lying down and sitting, and then between sitting and standing. Pause before utilizing the stair railing, whether walking up or down.
Live on One Floor
Even with safeguards such as guardrails, staircases can provide a considerable fall risk. If at all feasible, live on a single floor. Otherwise, exercise extreme caution when negotiating stairs. If you can’t live on one floor, attempt to reduce the number of trips up and down the stairs.
When wet, showers and bathtubs, as well as floors of porches, bathrooms, and kitchens, may become exceedingly hazardous. It is recommended to use nonslip mats to prevent falls on slippery surfaces.
Socks are soft and comfortable, but they pose a sliding hazard. Wearing shoes can help to prevent falls at home. If shoes are too uncomfortable, you can buy non-slip socks with grips on the bottoms of your soles.
Another threat is inadequate illumination. Install brighter light bulbs where needed, especially in stairwells and narrow corridors, to make your house more accessible to older adults. For improved night-time navigation, install nightlights in restrooms and bedrooms.
These safety gadgets are essential for safely stepping into and out of the bathtub, using the toilet, and ascending and descending stairs. Install grab bars next to bathtubs and toilets, as well as railings in stairwells and corridors.
Remove Tripping Hazards
Home fittings can sometimes contribute to falls, which can lead to back discomfort and other problems. Examine each room and hallway for wood planks that stick up, slippery throw rugs, or loose carpet.
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