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Some Simple Advice to Prevent Falls

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 7/9/2015
A fall can spell catastrophe for an older adult. Each year, over two million adults over age 65 are treated in the emergency room for injuries related to falls. As we age, our bones lose density or mass. Beneficial bone building minerals, such as calcium, can also become depleted with age. This is why older bones are more prone to breakage.

A fall from which a younger person might easily bounce back will most likely affect an elderly person more severely. If a 40 year old woman slips and bangs her hip against the tile floor, she will probably escape the incident with little more than a bruise and (possibly) a slightly embarrassing story. For an older adult, however, a similar accident could easily result in a far more serious injury such as a broken hip.

Approximately half of all reported falls among the elderly happen at home. However, by taking some simple common sense steps within your own home, it is possible to greatly reduce the risk of injuries related to falling.

Eliminate Trip Hazards

Shoes left lying in the hallway, children's toys discarded in the middle of the floor, your favorite area rug. What does each of these items have in common? All represent potential trip hazards within your home. To avoid trip-and-fall accidents, be sure to keep your floors clear of clutter. Sure, the kids or grandkids might gripe about having to pick up their toys, but maintaining clutter-free floors will ensure that your elderly loved one does not trip over items that have been left lying around.

Provide Adequate Illumination

As we age, our eyesight begins to fail. Aside from keeping regular appointments with the eye doctor and wearing prescribed corrective lenses, the single most important factor affecting vision in older adults is the level of illumination. Adding brighter lighting to your home can serve to offset some of the effects of age-related vision issues. Brighter light means seeing better and seeing better means being more aware of potential fall hazards within the home.

Be Aware of the Effects of Medications

As we all know, taking medications is an inescapable part of aging. However, many medications can cause side effects that might leave your loved one more prone to falls. Drowsiness and dizziness are two common side effects associated with many prescription drugs and can dramatically increase the potential for falls. By monitoring your loved one's medications and being aware of potential side effects, you can offset the risk of falls related to the effects of prescription drugs.

At The Medical Maven, we are dedicated to providing products and advice that will keep your loved ones safer in the home. Our Care Steps slipper socks can reduce the risk of at-home falls. The non-slip tread makes these socks ideal for recovering surgery patients, or anyone else who might have difficulty navigating potentially slippery tile floors, while the terry soft construction keeps feet warm and comfortable.

Statement: Avoid falls in the home with these simple common-sense tips.

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