As a trusted home health agency in Houston, Texas, Prudent Health Management advocates healthy living practices for all individuals, especially senior adults.
As a result, fall prevention has become ingrained in our care services.
There are several reasons you may trip and fall: your senses— vision, hearing, and reflexes— may have weakened with aging; health complications such as diabetes or heart illness can also affect balance; your medication may cause dizziness as a side effect, and other factors include risks at home or in the neighborhood.
To prevent a fall at home, our certified nursing assistants have put together a list of basic tips:
- Make a doctor’s appointment
By consulting your doctor, you can learn about your medication’s side effects, get your vision and hearing checked, and learn about physical activity programs you can do to stay active.
- Remove household hazards
It’s best to work with your family and health care agency in Texas to identify potential fall hazards. Clearing clutter like cables, newspapers, and boxes and rearranging furniture and equipment might help.
- Wear comfortable footwear
Protect your feet with non-skid rubber-soled low heels or lace-up shoes with non-skid soles.
- Use assistive devices
If you have trouble feeling stable while walking, consider using an assistance device. Canes and walkers can help prevent falls.
The consequences of a fall can differ from person to person. Even though tripping in the restroom may seem little to others, it can lead to major problems, including hip fractures in elderly people.