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How to prevent fall risks in older adults

We all might have family members that are over 65, and it is necessary we know what to do to help them prevent fall risks at home or outside.

Being aware of what can be done is very important to prevent fall risks and fall-related injuries in older adults.

Let them know about the possibilities, house adjustments and life-changing habits they will need to follow to lessen and avoid falls.

It is indispensable to speak with them every day and ask them how they are doing, how their day is and if they remembered to take any prescribed medication.

Older adults usually forget what they have done during the day very quickly, and they commonly don’t remember to talk about any fall they might have experienced, or don’t want to talk about it because they think it was not a big deal.

But according to studies, falls among older adults is the number one cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in the United States, so it is a big deal. Older adults need to let someone know about any accident they might have experienced at home.

Family members or caregivers play a significant role in making sure their loved ones will be safe and secure at home or anywhere they go. Make sure they follow these recommendations.

How to Prevent Fall Risks

    • Remove or repair anything that can cause a trip or fall.

        • Rugs, uneven or slippery floor or steps.

    • Keep clutter-free spaces.

    • Practice physical activities that help strengthen legs muscles.

        • Walking, yoga, tai-chi, pilates or any other activity suggested by a professional.

        • From 20 to 30 minutes daily or once or twice a day (10 and 15 minutes).

    • Grab bars in the bathroom and near the toilet. They will give stability and grab support.

        • They are efficient, useful and you can buy ones with suction cups, easy to install and uninstall. Being able to take them when visiting family or friends for a few days is essential.

    • Tub bars in and outside the bathtub.

        • Most falls happen at home and are very common in the smallest room of the house: the bathroom.

    • Use safety treads inside the tub and anywhere around the house that can be slippery.

    • Use a cane, a walker or a rollator, depending on your needs and moving abilities choose the one that fits the most.

    • Keep good lighting in the house.

    • Firm grip and non-slippery handrails on the stairs

    • Keep annual or every six months checkups for general health and vision. Some medical problems can increase the risk of falling.

    • Ask your doctor about any prescribed medication that might cause any side effect, such as unbalance or weakness to have it changed.

Ask your loved ones if they feel unstable or afraid when they walk that is usually a symptom that shows they might have experienced falling at least once.

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