Each year, thousands of seniors fall in their homes. Even when a fall isn’t fatal, it can cause serious injuries such as hip fractures that can lead to long-term complications, such as reduced mobility. You can reduce your risk of ending up in the local hospital because of a fall by improving your overall wellness and modifying your home environment.
Care for Your Overall Health
Improving your general physical health can reduce your chances of suffering a fall. Visit your local hospital and talk to your doctor about starting an exercise program. Seniors can benefit from low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, and tai chi to strengthen muscles, in addition to weight-bearing exercises to build bone mass. By improving your strength and flexibility, you may be able to prevent a fall. It’s also important to talk to your doctor about your medications. Certain drugs can increase the risk of dizziness or sleepiness, which may put you at risk of a fall. Other ways of improving your safety include having your hearing and vision evaluated, and wearing eyeglasses or hearing aids if you need them.
Modify Your Habits
It’s common for seniors to fall shortly after standing. This is because the drop in blood pressure can cause lightheadedness. If you’re lying down, sit up first. Then, slowly stand up, gripping a nearby fixed object or a walking stick. Wear supportive shoes with non-skid soles. Take small steps and exercise caution when walking on wet surfaces.
Improve the Safety of Your Home
Ask a family member or a contractor for help installing hand rails around your home, such as in the bathroom, along the stairs, and along walkways outdoors. Place non-slip strips on wooden stairs and the steps leading up to your porch. You can also reduce your risk of a fall by removing clutter from the floors and avoiding the use of throw rugs.
At Palms of Pasadena Hospital, we’ve implemented patient safety measures to reduce the risk of falls in our hospital and to otherwise improve the experiences of our patients. In the event that you do suffer a fall, our hospital provides 24/7 emergency care, in addition to orthopedic surgery and home care services. To speak with a registered nurse, call our hospital at (855) 245-8328.