Falls prevention advice

 

Preventing falls is crucial for maintaining health and independence, especially for older adults. Here are some tips to help prevent falls.

 

Regular exercise
  • Engage in activities that improve strength, balance, and flexibility. This can include walking, tai chi, yoga, or specific exercises prescribed by a healthcare professional.
Home safety modifications
  • Remove tripping hazards like rugs, clutter, and cables.
  • Install handrails on both sides of staircases and grab bars in the bathroom.
  • Ensure good lighting, especially in hallways, staircases and entryways.
Footwear
  • Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes with non-slip soles.
  • Avoid walking in socks or slippers, especially on smooth surfaces.
Regular vision check-ups
  • ¬†Poor vision can contribute to falls. Make sure your prescription is up to date and consider adding extra lighting or contrast in areas where you walk.
Medication management
  • Review medications with your healthcare provider to identify any that may cause dizziness or affect balance.
  • Be aware of side effects and take medications as prescribed.
Stay hydrated and nourished
  • Proper nutrition and hydration are important for maintaining strength and energy levels.
Use assistive devices
  • If necessary, use a cane or walker for added stability.
  • Consider using a shower chair or bench in the bathroom.

 

Be mindful of wet or slippery surfaces
  • Wipe up spills promptly and use non-slip mats in the bathroom and kitchen.
Stay mindful and take your time
  • Rushing can lead to accidents. Slow down, especially when getting up from a sitting or lying position.
Know your limits
  • Don’t attempt tasks that are physically demanding or require balancing if you’re unsure of your ability.
Regular health check-ups
  • Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider can help identify and address any health issues that might increase the risk of falling.
Stay active mentally
  • Engage in activities that challenge your mind, crosswords, puzzles and sudoku – mental sharpness can contribute to physical stability.
Fall detection and alert devices
  • Consider using a medical alert system that can automatically detect falls and alert help if needed.
Fall-proof your environment
  • Arrange furniture to create clear pathways.
  • Secure loose rugs and mats with non-slip backing or double-sided tape.

 

If you or a loved one are struggling to cope at home, speak to one of our care coordinators who can offer support and assistance with arranging either live-in care or visiting care at home. For further information, please call +44 (0)20 7351 7171

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