One of the best safety tools that you can put together for your elderly family member is a fall-prevention plan. The act of even thinking through how to prevent a fall for your senior helps you to look a variety of different factors that affect her well-being.
Talk to Her Doctor about Exercise
One of the easiest ways to get your senior started with preventing falls is to help her to regain strength, balance, and flexibility. That’s easily accomplished with exercise if your senior is able to do so safely. Talk with your senior’s doctor about whether exercise is right for her and how much exercise she should be doing. Once you’ve got a game plan, your elderly family member should start out slowly and allow herself to adjust to moving more often.
While You’re at the Doctor, Address Other Issues
There are other things besides your senior’s ability to exercise that factor into her fall risk. There may be health concerns or medication side effects that you need to consider. While you’re there asking about an exercise plan, make sure that you are as thorough as possible. Do what you can to address as many other potential risks as you possibly can.
Set up an Eye Appointment
Your senior’s vision is also crucial in ensuring that she doesn’t fall. If she’s unable to see what’s around her, she may find it much more difficult to avoid potential problems. Regular eye appointments ensure that your senior’s eye doctor is able to spot problems with her eyesight when they’re still small enough to manage. Your senior’s existing eye health may dictate how often her eye doctor wants to see her. Most people do well with yearly visits, but your senior may need to go every six months.
Make Sure Her Home Isn’t Full of Fall Risks
Safety sweeps are especially important when you’re trying to keep your senior as safe as possible. You’re looking for anything that could be a tripping hazard or that might create a situation that would contribute to a fall. As soon as you spot possible problems, it makes sense to fix what you can right then. If you’re doing these safety sweeps on a regular basis, it’s a lot easier to keep up with what’s going on.
It’s difficult to do all of this on your own, especially if you’re new to caregiving. It might be a good idea to work with elderly care providers. They can help your senior with a variety of situations that might have made a fall more likely.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Elderly Care in Tolleson, AZ, please contact the caring staff at Blessings for Seniors Companion Care at (623) 594-0819
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