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Fall avoidance advice for the elderly

May, 2013

As one gets older the risk of a fall and injury increases, not just due to physical changes but things like medication can also have an impact. If you are providing home care for elderly people, or simply want to offer elderly care help to a friend or relative, then with the following information elderly people can reduce the risk of a trip or fall and avoid injury.

Follow our 5 pointers to help your loved one stay fit and well… and on their feet!

1) Make an appointment with their GP – Begin their fall prevention plan with a trip to their local GP. Prepare them to answer questions such as; What medications are you taking? Have you fallen before? Could you health condition cause a fall? Their doctor will evaluate them and provide advice accordingly.

2) Buy them a pair of sensible shoes – High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles increase the likelihood of a slip, stumble and fall. So can walking in stocking feet. Instead:

  • Have their feet measured each time they buy shoes, since foot size can change.

  • Buy properly fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.

  • Avoid shoes with extra-thick soles.

  • Choose lace-up shoes instead of slip-ons, and keep the laces tied. If they have trouble tying laces, select footwear with fabric fasteners.

3) De-hazard the home – Cover each room in the house individually making sure all hazards have been removed as these are likely to cause an accident. Make their home safer by:

  • Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways.

  • Move coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands from high-traffic areas.

  • Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape or a slip-resistant backing — or remove loose rugs from their home.

  • Repair loose, wooden floorboards and carpeting right away.

  • Store clothing, dishes, food and other necessities within easy reach.

  • Immediately clean spilled liquids, grease or food.

  • Use nonskid floor wax.

  • Use non-slip mats in your bathtub or shower.

We’ll wrap it up there for today but make sure you pop back tomorrow as we continue our top 5 tips and hints for a fall-free home!

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