Falls are a tremendous health problem for elderly people because they often bring lasting damage. If you can determine why your senior might be at a greater risk of falling, you can do more to prevent a fall.
Your Senior Is Tired, Sick, or Weakened
Physical health plays greatly into whether your aging family member is more likely to fall or not. If she's sick, chronically ill, or simply not very fit any longer, she can have a higher fall risk. She can also experience greater difficulty if she's tired. Talk with your elderly family member's doctor about how her health issues, temporary or chronic, can play into the trouble that she might have when it comes to falling.
She's Taking Medications that Put Her at Greater Risk
While you're talking to her doctor, ask how her medications might impact her fall risk. For many aging adults, taking a combination of medications can compound the side effects and make drowsiness and dizziness even more of a problem. Periodically assessing how your senior is reacting to her medication can help you to spot potential issues more quickly.
Her Home Has Some Safety Hazards
Clutter, maintenance issues, and other safety hazards can provide physical obstacles that might make your elderly family member fall. By addressing these issues you can remove them from the list of possible risks. Look for flooring that needs repairing as well as clutter that could be blocking your senior's path. Try to approach the path through your senior's home as she might so you can see possible hazards from her perspective.
Her Vision Is Diminished
If your senior family member can't see a problem, it's far more difficult for her to avoid it. You might need to improve the lighting in her home so that obstacles are more obvious to her. You can also use contrasting colors to mark specific areas. If your elderly family member hasn't had her eyes checked in a while, a trip to the eye doctor is definitely in order. Her eye doctor may have some suggestions that can make a difference for her specific vision issues.
It's a lot to keep up with all of these potential fall risks on your own. Hiring home care providers can help you to divide up the possible issues and tackle each item, one by one. Once you get the initial risk under control, you can work on keeping up with the situation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Westminster, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.