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Effective Fall Prevention Methods for Seniors

Ensuring a safe and secure environment is essential for seniors to maintain independence and well-being, especially concerning fall prevention within the home. Start by decluttering living spaces, and removing obstacles such as loose rugs, electrical cords, and furniture that may pose tripping hazards. Install handrails and grab bars in bathrooms and stairways to provide support and stability. Improve lighting throughout the home to enhance visibility and reduce the risk of missteps, particularly in dimly lit areas. Secure loose carpets and mats with non-slip backing to prevent slips and falls. Consider installing ramps or stairlifts for easier navigation between levels. Additionally, keep commonly used items within reach to minimize the need for excessive reaching or bending. Regularly assess the home environment for potential hazards and make necessary modifications to promote safety and peace of mind for seniors. The feet can be affected by falling, causing difficulty in completing daily tasks. If you have endured a foot injury from falling, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you tailored treatment options and effective prevention methods.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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