Caregiver Fall Prevention

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Caregiver Support and Fall Prevention Anybody can fall. However, statistically, seniors fall and end up in the hospital more than any other demographic. Worse, the severity of the injuries received by seniors is worse than those received in other age groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that falls in seniors over 65 are the number one cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. In addition to the falls themselves, millions of other seniors miss out on a high quality of life due to the fear of falling. Falling risks are increased in seniors with dementia, musculoskeletal disorders, neurologic conditions, vision and hearing loss, and those on multiple medications. Given this list, is it any wonder that more than 50…show more content…
Alcohol can lead to a lack of perception and slowed reaction time. It also increases the chances of stumbling. Smoking not only decreases bone strength, but it can lead to severe coughing which can cause a loss of balance. In addition to lifestyle changes, a few adjustments around the home will not hurt either. Just think "Clean, Level, and Bright". Keeping walkways clear of papers, clothing, shoes, cords, etc, and ensuring throw rugs are taped down significantly reduces tripping hazards in the home. Watch out for any uneven surfaces. Older homes often had level changes near doorways. These can be removed or at least modified. Changes in surface types often have level changes as well, such as between carpeting and tile. Modify any light that requires stretching or reaching to turn on or off. This is especially true of lights on ceiling fans. Adding motion-activated lights and glow-in-the-dark switches also helps keep the home properly illuminated. Stairwells and long hallways should have light switches at both ends. Identifying and modifying hazards can be quite a task. Caregiver support can provide your senior loved one with the assistance they need to adjust their lifestyle and create a safe
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