Even a seemingly small fall can lead to complicated injuries for your aging adult. Take some of these tips and make sure that you’re covering all of your bases in terms of fall prevention.
Get a Medical Assessment
Having a full medical assessment is a crucial step in avoiding falls now and in the future. Make sure that her doctor does a medication assessment, too. This may require you to provide a full list of everything that she’s taking, whether it’s a prescription medication or a vitamin or supplement.
Regular exercise, even mild exercise, can help your aging adult to maintain the muscle mass that she has. If she’s lost some muscle tone, she can regain some. She can also improve her balance and overall become more confident as she goes about her day.
Reduce the Likelihood of Tripping and Slipping Hazards
Home maintenance and repair is one of the easiest and quickest ways for you to help your aging adult avoid a fall. Go through the house and determine what might cause problems for her and fix whatever needs fixing. You might want to also consider reorganizing how certain items are stored so that they’re easier for your elderly family member to access.
Wear Sturdy Shoes
Shoes provide a foundation for your aging adult’s entire body. Look for shoes that have a sturdy, non-slip sole and a supportive upper. If she hasn’t had her feet measured in a few years, it might be time to do so again. Foot size can change over time and wearing the wrong size shoe can create a tripping hazard.
Use Assistive Devices
Many aging adults aren’t excited about using assistive devices such as canes or walkers, but they can keep her from falling. Encourage your aging adult to use these types of devices as much as she can so that she can remain sturdy on her feet.
Elderly care providers can help you to stay on top of all of these issues. They are also trained to be aware of signs that an aging adult may be prone to falling. The sooner you respond to those signs, the better for your elderly family member.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering elderly care in Haddonfield, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.