How to Prevent Falls in the Elderly

As we age, our physical health and body-strength weakens, so falls become more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. So equipping your home with fall-proof accessories and adopting a fall-strategy is a very sensible idea.

Follow our top tips and the fear of falling won’t have to overshadow your life.

Make your Home Fall-Proof

Having a good clear-up is a great start. Remove trip hazards and free up plenty of floor space for easy access around the home.

Your doctor might recommend using a cane or walker to keep you steady but other simple, discreet accessories like these can be a lifesaver when you’re less stable on your feet.

 

Wear sensible shoes

High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles can make you slip, stumble or fall. So can walking in socks or tights. Wearing sturdy, properly fitting shoes with nonslip soles is essential for preventing falls and may also help to reduce joint pain. Around the house we recommend wearing comfortable, non-slip slippers like these – they’re easy to put on & take off.

 

Consult your GP

Your doctor can advise you on whether your medication could be causing you to fall. be more suceptible to falling. They can also draw up an action plan to reduce your risk of falling.

 

 

If you’re still unsure, we at Mediworld can advise you on how to equip your home with fall-proof accessories. We have over 40 years of homecare and medical experience and are more than happy to help.

 

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