I have written recently about consequences of falls and exercises to prevent falls. If you missed these blogs, please feel free to go back and read them on our website.
There are some proactive measures we can all take, in addition to the exercises to improve balance, which may help to avoid falls. Avoidance will always be better than recovery. Some of the risk factors which your loved one may experience can include:
- Muscular weakness, especially in the lower body – simple exercises can help to build muscular strength.
- Difficulties with mobility and balance – mobility aids can help. For more serious issues, seek the assistance of a medical professional.
- Vitamin D deficiency which can lead to calcium deficiency – nutritional supplements and spending some time in the sun (in the morning or afternoon when it is not as hot) can help.
- Medications which can affect balance – always ask your medical professional about potential side effects of your medication and speak up if you are experiencing them.
- Problems with eye sight making it difficult to judge distances and depth – regular eye check ups with an Optometrist are very important as we age.
- Foot pain or uncomfortable footwear – a Podiatrist can help with foot pain and guide you on the correct footwear for you. Sometimes wearing socks with your shoes can help “break in” a new pair of shoes.
- Poor lighting – ask a loved one or your care partner to help change a light bulb if they can, or ask us for a great Electrician who can help.
- Trip hazards such as rugs – we will undertake a safety assessment when we visit you and will help remove or adjust these trip hazards. Often you can still enjoy your soft furnishings if we tape down the edges.
- Chronic health conditions such as heart disease, Dementia or low blood pressure causing dizziness – it is very important to seek medical attention for any chronic medical conditions. We can help transport you to your appointments if you need it.
Qualified medical professions, especially those specialising in geriatric care, can help with the risks caused by medical conditions. Many of the other issues can be managed by your care partner or a loved one. Please do not be worried about speaking up – it is better to say “what if” than “oh dear”.