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10 Tips to Help Seniors Lower Their Fall Risks

By Debbie Nunn, 9:21 am on

We believe that every senior in home care should receive the very best care possible from experienced and compassionate caregivers! There is nothing that is too good for your senior loved one. We are also committed to keeping your senior safe while they age in the comfort of their own home. Often times, this starts with reducing any fall risks that exist in the home. Read through our top 10 tips below and learn how you can best begin to lower your senior’s fall risks!

  1. Know Their Risk Factors. Have your loved one see their a doctor to assess any conditions such as vision impairment, arthritis, or memory loss that can make fall more likely or severe.
  2. Help Them Exercise. Regularly getting the right kind of exercise will make a difference. A doctor can recommend exercises to build muscles and boost endurance.
  3. Check for Issues with Balance. Sometimes falls happen due to imbalance, which can be caused by disorders of the vestibular system. Ask their doctor about testing out their balance.
  4. Get a Home Inspection. A professional can come to your senior’s home and make sure it is safe from fall hazards! Request a fall-specific home inspection for your senior’s home.
  5. Review Their Medications. Some prescription drugs can cause mild or severe side effects, especially when taken together. Ask their doctor to review a list of their medications.
  6. Get Their Vision Checked Regularly. Routine eye exams and tests can help you make sure that your senior can see clearly and is aware of their environment.
  7. Give Them Proper Nutrition. Getting the right nutrients contribute to muscle and bone strength!
  8. Use Walking Aids. Walking aids like a cane or walker should be used properly and must be fitted to your senior correctly.
  9. Avoid Distracted Walking. Create a few simple guidelines, like no walking with a smart phone in hand, to make sure your senior is aware of their surroundings.
  10. Home Care Services. For true peace of mind, add home care services to your senior’s schedule. Caregivers can help make sure your senior is staying safe at home.

For more information on how to reduce your senior’s risk of a fall, or for details about our senior care services, please reach out to our experts here at Home Care Assistance of Clarksville and the surrounding areas.

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