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3 Common Causes of Falling and How Elder Care Can Reduce the Risks

Posted: 7/30/2014 9:55 AM by Interim HealthCare
Falls are the number one cause of accidental death at home among seniors over the age of 65. There are many risk factors in the average home, from unsteady steps to items left in the way. When the individual is relying on elder care for their basic, everyday needs, then it’s a good idea to understand the most common causes of falls among the elderly and then look for ways that you could reduce those risks.

Three common causes of falls among the elderly are:
  • Impaired vision
  • Loss of physical strength
  • Medications

A person who has impaired vision will have more difficulty navigating through their home, even if they have lived there for the majority of their life. If you want to understand what it could be like to get around your house with impaired vision, all you need to do is cover one eye.

This act removes your ability to see in three dimensions, which is what creates depth perception. When you begin to walk around like this, you will eventually begin to bump into things, take a bad step, and though you’re likely strong and can maintain your balance, an elderly individual with diminished strength in his or her legs could easily fall as a result.

When the individual has diminished strength, even the slightest stumble or loss of balance can prove devastating for him or her. Without the ability to get back onto his or her feet, or to stay upright, they could end up falling before they can grab onto something and stay upright.

Finally, medication can cause dizziness or a loss of balance. Depending on the type of medication that he or she is taking, you may find that they struggle to keep their balance, which exacerbates the risk of falling down, especially when they have to go up or down stairs.

How can elderly home care help to reduce these risks?

One thing that the elder care provider can do to help reduce the risks of falling is to pay attention to all of the potential risks that currently exist in the home. Is there anything in the hall that they could trip on? Are there grab bars in the shower or tub surround? Are the stairs safe or are they too wide without proper handrails for support?

Any time that you notice something that could be a risk factor, when you address it, you’re going to help improve the potential safety of the elderly individual in their own home.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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