Most of us want what is best for our aging parents and grandparents. We want to make them feel as comfortable as possible, and we will do everything in our power to keep them safe.
One of the main causes of injuries in Americans aged 65 and above are falls, which is why today we will discuss how to prevent your elderly from falling.
Thankfully, in the U.S.A., some companies offer fall prevention solutions, functional capacity evaluation, and occupational therapy. These are made to keep our elderly safe, protected in our own homes, and even when going outside.
Should I discuss their health conditions with them?
You most definitely should. You should always ask how they are feeling, and you should make it a point to make them feel that they are loved, and you always want to keep them safe. Ask them about their medications and if they are experiencing side effects because of it.
Ask if they are having a hard time balancing and walking on their own. Discussing these things with them will make you decide whether you need to fall-proof your home for them.
Should I be concerned about their eyes?
As we grow older, our eyes tend to fail and become blurry, leading to poor eyesight. If your elderly wears glasses, then make sure to ask them when their last check-up was, and if you need to take them to their eye doctor ASAP.
Even if they do not wear glasses, have their eyes checked up every once in a while to make sure that everything is well with their eyesight.
Should I keep an eye on them?
You do not always have to watch them 24/7, all you need to do is look at how they walk and see if they usually cling to bars, walls, and furniture every time. This might mean that they are having a hard time walking and that you should go see a physical therapist ASAP.
Therapists can help them improve their balance and advise them on what to do.
Should I start working on my home fall prevention?
If you feel like your parents or your grandparents will be safer with extra fall prevention in your home, then go ahead and do it – besides, it’s better safe than sorry. Ask a physical rehabilitation company for help, as they would know what to install and what would be the best thing for you to do in this situation.
Always remember that prevention is better than cure. Taking proper precautions to ensure your loved ones’ safety should always be your main priority.