Strategies for Fall Prevention
As we age, we become more prone to serious injuries from falling. In fact, data collected by the Medical Clinics of North America indicates one-third of people over 65 experience falls and the risk of falling increases as we age. Caregivers must pay close attention to fall risks and implement fall prevention strategies if necessary.
Families and caregivers can assist seniors with fall prevention by identifying possibly dangerous medication interactions. Consult with a local pharmacist or doctor to see how one drug may interact with another and if the combination can result in dizziness or loss of balance. Additionally, if a senior is weak or ill, caregivers should help them with activities like getting in and out of bed and using the bathroom. In terms of environmental changes, removing tripping hazards and installing grab bars in strategic locations enhances the safety of the surroundings.