Each year, far too many seniors end up in the emergency room because of a fall. A fall can significantly affect your health and independence; it can cause traumatic brain injuries (TBI), hip fractures, and similar problems. Fortunately, a few simple preventive measures can reduce your risk of suffering a fall. The next time you visit your local hospital, talk to your doctor about measures that can reduce your risk of ending up in the emergency room.
Talk to Your Doctor
Talk to your doctor about whether you’re at an increased risk of a fall because of any medications you may be taking. Certain drugs can lead to dizziness or drowsiness. Your doctor can make sure your combination of medications is safe for you. Depending on your health condition, your doctor may also refer you to a balance center. At a balance center, you can work with specialized therapists to improve your movements.
Schedule an Eye Checkup
Many seniors suffer falls because of poor vision. Schedule an eye exam annually and order new eyewear if your prescription changes. Your ophthalmologist will also evaluate you for conditions such as glaucoma that may affect your vision.
Stay Physically Active
Staying physically active improves the muscle tone in your legs and reduces your risk of a fall. Before starting or changing an exercise program, consult your doctor. If you have mobility issues, your doctor may recommend an exercise program such as chair workouts, water aerobics, or tai chi.
Modify Your Home
Ask a family member to help you improve the safety of your home. Simply removing throw rugs and other loose items from the floor can greatly improve your safety. Your family member can help you install grab bars in the bathroom, handrails along the stairway, and better lighting to help you see more clearly.
The team of caring specialists at The Balance Center of Palms of Pasadena Hospital will develop an individualized therapy plan to improve your balance after suffering a stroke or other medical condition. You can schedule an appointment with The Balance Center by calling (855) 245-8328. In the event that you do suffer a fall in the St. Petersburg area, our emergency department can provide prompt and effective treatment.