Why Do Elderly People Fall?
Around a third of people aged 65 and over, and around half of people aged 80 and over, fall at least once a year. Falls could result in injury causing people to end up in A&E or even long hospital stays. Serious injuries for those over 65 can have an impact on daily routines and quality of life, not to mention the psychological effects of fear of falling again which can lead to reduced mobility - fall prevention is an important element of caring for elderly people.
There is a number of reasons why elderly people fall, some of which may be:
Poor balance or mobility
Lighting (indoor, and outdoor)
Shoes and loose clothing
Carpets and rugs
How To Reduce Fall Risks
Exercise and Wellbeing
Physical fitness can help improve balance and muscle strength needed to prevent falls. Depending on the ability of your relative, you can practice light exercise with them to ensure they don't push themselves too hard. Eating well and drinking plenty of water will help them stay alert throughout the day to spot any risks of falling - for example the corner of a rug which can trip them up.
Home & Environment
Walk around their home and garden and think of all the hazards on the way - remove loose rugs, tuck in bedding, put curtains or blinds on windows which allow bright light to creep in on the stairs, and move small furniture like side tables out of the way. Make sure dark corners have good lighting, cables are tucked away, and if required you could also look at using aids such as a walker to help, or a pendant to push if a fall does occur so you will be notified.
Talk to your relatives doctor about medication which will not make them drowsy or dizzy. There are many alternatives which you can discuss with the GP to help ensure falls at home are prevented.
Clothing & Shoes
Make sure your loved ones shoes fit them well and don't have any broken soles which could pose a trip risk. Long dressing gowns, dresses or trousers need to be taken up so they don't trip your relative over, or get stuck on furniture or door handles.
Having a live-in carer live in your relatives home will ensure falls are prevented and should a fall occur, there is someone on hand to help your relative get up and go to the hospital if necessary. We are here to help your find the perfect live-in carer for your family - call our friendly team today on 0800 9803958 to have a no obligation chat, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org