Do you feel dizzy or unsteady at times? Does the fear of falling keep you from enjoying life? Perhaps you’ve even fallen recently and kept it to yourself because you didn’t want to worry your loved ones. Maybe you have noticed these behaviors in your loved one.
If you are concerned about a fall, you’re not alone. Among those over 65, falls are the top cause for injuries such as broken bones, hospitalizations and even fatalities. While no one plans to fall, it can happen because of obstacles in the home, side effects from medication or balance issues.
The good news is, the incidence of falls can be reduced through education and customized care to improve balance. If you are concerned about fall risks for yourself or your loved one, ask your physician about programs that can help.
Check out these helpful tips from the National Institute on Aging to help prevent falls:
- Stay physically active to keep strong muscles and flexible ligaments
- Have your eyes and hearing checked so you can see and hear potential risks
- Ask your physician if there are any side effects from your medications to that could cause dizziness or falls
- Get enough sleep so you are more alert during the day
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink; even a small amount can affect your balance
- Stand up slowly so you don’t feel wobbly
- Use a walking stick or assistive device if you need help feeling steady when you walk
- Be very careful on wet or icy surfaces, and spread salt to prevent ice build-up on walkways
- Keep rooms free of clutter, especially on floors
- Wear low-heeled, rubber soled shoes
- Do not walk in socks, stockings or slippers
- Be sure rugs have skid-proof backs or are tacked to the floor
A typical treatment plan to help prevent falls will identify potential risk factors and causes, which could include your medical condition, physical and cognitive abilities, emotional state and living environment.
At Kindred, we offer specialized programs for both prevention or if you have suffered a fall and are in recovery. We want to help you maintain your independence and have an improved quality of life. Our treatment plans are tailored to your unique needs, including
- Assessments of your living environment to address any risks
- Education for you and your loved ones on techniques to reduce falls
- Therapy staff to work on strength and balance
- Medication review to identify any balance issues related to side effects of prescriptions
Don’t let balance problems get in the way of your life. Learn more about our fall prevention services in each of the following care settings: