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Fall Prevention Tips to Protect Older Adults

As Caregivers, we want to assist older adults to live safe, healthy and independent lives. While falls can greatly affect the overall health and independence of older adults, more emotionally debilitating is the limited ability to remain self-sufficient.  It is noted by the Center for Disease Control that “One out of three older adults (those aged 65 or older) falls each year but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it.”  One of the greatest lines of support is open communication and sharing valuable tips that prevent the falls from occuring.  Here are a few ways you can guide seniors to prevent falls:

Stay Active
With doctor’s permission, recommend that the older adult consider low impact exercises such as water aerobics and gardening, or more social exercises such as golf and walking. Improving balance, flexibility, and strength with these exercises, will decrease the chances of falling.

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Buy sturdy shoes with non-skid soles that fit properly. Avoid shoes with heels or floppy slippers and make sure to get feet measured each time a new purchase is made.

Keep Your Path Clear
Prevent falls by clearing the living area of tripping hazards such as loose paper, boxes, toys, clothes and shoes. Keep stairs and walkways free of these items.
Keep your Living Area Skid Free
Use mats and rugs that have a skid-proof backing. Place rubber or non-slip matting in showers and tubs.

Senior Safety Tips: Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 9.46.23 AMOften, the home is where we spend the most amount of time. It is no surprise, then, that it is the most common place for accidents.  Take a moment to look around your living area, kitchen and yard to see what small changes you can make to ensure the safety of your family and guests.
Be Alert When Out and About 
Be aware of your surroundings. When possible go out with friends or family. Don’t carry lots of cash or credit cards.  If a situation makes your feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts and leave.
Keep your Living Area Skid Free
Use mats and rugs that have skid-proof backing.  Place rubber or non-slip matting in showers and tubs.
Light Your Way
Don’t attempt to feel your way through the dark.  Light your way!  Use automated lights that turn on when you enter a room.  Also, set lights on timers when you are away so you don’t return to a dark house, and the home appears occupied.
Cook with Care
Avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking–fabric can catch fire quickly.  Turn pan handles away from the front of the stove.  Keep an extinguisher in the kitchen area and have it inspected regularly.