As a home health care agency in Indianapolis, Indiana we are aware of the risk of slipping and falling among seniors. This is due to their body weakness, vision problems, and difficulty in walking and balance.
According to the CDC, more than one out of four older people fall each year, and less than half of this statistic tell their doctor. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury.
- Take note of the medication they’re taking for their health conditions.
Some of these have side effects that make them sleepy or dizzy. Make sure they are taking enough vitamin D to prevent falls and fractures.
- Make sure they are using glasses as advised by their eye doctor.
Tint-changing lenses and bifocals can be hazardous when going from bright to dark areas and when going through stairs.
- Take note of any difficulty in walking or balance.
They may benefit from a physical therapist or assistive devices such as canes or walkers.
- Have a home safety assessment conducted to ensure that the house is safe for seniors.
Occupational therapists may recommend increasing the lights and installing railings and grab bars, especially at stairs and bathrooms.
You may want to contact a home health care agency such as Caring Hands Personal Services Agency LLC to help take care and watch over your elderly loved ones within your home. We also provide personal non-medical care services in Indiana.