Research has shown that approximately half the falls that occur at home require the patient to be hospitalized. Falls can lead to the onset of other health issues, so it’s important to be aware of how falling may be prevented. Removing excess clutter, repairing loose carpets which may prevent tripping, and having adequate lighting are effective approaches to preventing falls from occurring. It may be important to have handrails in the shower or bath area to avoid slipping. Seniors may find that living on one level may be helpful in avoiding falling, and if this cannot be accomplished, then extra precautions should be taken when using the stairs. Wearing shoes in the house is recommended instead of wearing socks unless non-slip socks are worn. Additionally, walking slowly and taking the time to complete necessary tasks in the household may aid in the prevention of falling as well.
Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.
Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.
How to Prevent Falls
Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:
- Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
- Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
- Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
- Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
- Utilizing a walker or cane
- Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
- Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness
Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Pennsylvania . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about Falls Prevention