For most adults, falls aren’t something they need to worry about. But for seniors, falls can be scary. One in four adults over the age of 65 is at risk of experiencing a fall. In fact, thousands of patients find themselves hospitalized due to injuries from a fall each year.
Having a solid understanding of the dangers of falling is important, but it’s not enough. Seniors need to educate themselves about the risks associated with falls and learn valuable strategies to prevent accidents.
5 Home Fall Prevention Tips
Whether you live alone or with a loved one, there are many hazards that could increase the likelihood of experiencing a fall. By making some small improvements and being more conscious of your surroundings, you can reduce the risk of a fall happening and maintain your independence. Below are some easy ways to upgrade your home to make it safer:
- Limit Clutter – Especially when it comes to things on and around the floor, it’s important to remove clutter and keep tripping hazards to a minimum.
- Pets – Be mindful of where you keep your pets’ toys, beds, blankets and other accessories. Put them in corners or areas in which you don’t regularly walk.
- Install Grab Bars and Handrails – Grab bars in showers and handrails on steps are designed to provide an additional level of support when walking. This is great for seniors who aren’t steady on their feet.
- Improve Lighting – Keeping areas in your home well-lit will make it easier to see tripping hazards and prevent yourself from tripping on rugs, steps or doorways.
- Transition to One-Level Living – If it’s an option, moving into a condo or senior living apartment that is all one level will remove a variety of fall hazards and keep you safe for longer.
5 Outdoor Prevention Tips
Getting outside and enjoying nature is important for overall wellness, but as with anything else, it has its risks. Exercising regularly is a great way to improve mobility, flexibility and strength. Below are some good fall prevention tips when venturing outside:
- Invest in Better Shoes – Always choose shoes that are supportive, comfortable, and have rubber soles. This will help on uneven terrain and provide valuable support.
- Walk on Grass – If sidewalks are uneven, cracked, or busy, consider walking in the grass. It will cushion your step and help you walk more easily.
- Wear Glasses – Whether prescription glasses or sunglasses, make sure you have clear visibility when venturing outside.
- Invest in a Walker or Cane – While you might feel a little reluctant, using a cane or walker outside will prevent falls and keep you steady.
- Be Aware of Surroundings – Pay attention to your surroundings and always choose the safest and most even path.
If you do experience a fall, there are some ways you can reduce the risk of injury. Always take a minute and don’t get up right away. Assess yourself for any injuries and find something sturdy to help you stand upright when you’re ready. Always get up on your hands and knees to prevent strain on your back. When you do get to a standing position, wait several minutes to make sure you feel OK before you try to walk again.
Find Support at Ventana by Buckner
Focusing on your health and wellness goals is the best way to maintain your independence. At Ventana by Buckner, seniors have every opportunity to experience exciting, fulfilling, active, and engaging lives each and every day. Our luxury retirement community is thoughtfully designed to help create a better living experience for all our members. Find out if our community is a good fit for your lifestyle. Contact our team today to schedule a personal appointment or click this link to schedule your tour.