Healthy Tips for Seniors: Fall Safety for Senior Citizens
Falls are a very common occurrence among the senior citizen community. According to the CDC, more than one out of four older people fall each year and just one fall doubles the chances of falling again. The majority of falls occur in the home setting, making any senior citizen susceptible to a fall. More than 3 million citizens are treated for fall injuries a year. Although many of the falls that occur do not result in serious injuries, statistics, show 1 out of 5 falls cause a serious injury. The following injuries can result from a fall:
- Broken bones such as wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures
- Head injuries
- Reduce the level of activity due to fear of a recurrent fall
- Can affect a person’s ability to live on their own
- New medications may be prescribed (such as blood thinners)
Even though falls are common, there are a wide range of reasons that can increase the chances of a fall.
- Lower body weakness
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Gait and balance abnormalities
- Side effects of medications such as sedatives or antidepressants
- Vision impairment
- History of falls
- Unsafe home environment (rugs, uneven steps, clutter floor, etc.)
Know how to prevent falls. Below are some tips that can be used to aid in the reduction of falls:
- Have an open communication with your doctor. If you have a fall it is important that your physician is aware to be able to conduct an appropriate follow up. Your physician may do one/all of the following
- Blood work, Review medications, Take X-rays
- Fall assessment
- Attend annual eye exam to make sure you have an appropriate eye glass prescription
- Conduct a home assessment to remove items that are a fall hazard, such as floor rugs.
- Recommend Life Alert systems that signal for immediate assistance when a fall occurs
- Having a caregiver /family member to assist in the home
- Exercise to aid with strength and balance. Home Health Agency can assist with providing Physical and/or Occupational Therapy.
For Treemont residents, Senior Allegiance can provide caregivers and Home Health services. Senior Allegiance Home Health can provide Skilled Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Social worker. Senior Allegiance Personal Assistance Services provides many different services that can assist with performing Activities of daily living safely. We are also able to connect with two visiting physicians, Dr. Zaharia and Dr. Ahmed, for in home visits. We also work closely with Dr. Merkl, a psychiatrist, who also provides in home visits.