Preventing an older adult from falling is one of the greatest gifts we can offer our mom, dad, grandparent or friend. Nobody wants to fall. However, there are preventable steps which family, friends and caregivers can put in place to prevent falls. Once you know the fall risk factors, then the rest is easy–implementation. Personal service is our gift to others. It is our way to tell those close to us “Thank You”. Thank you for all that you have been to me and for all that you have provided for me over the years. Love is spelled-TIME, and that is what we can offer with our resources to preventing a fall. Just think about it, it’s a win/win situation. First step, spend time with an older adult and offer assistance to their daily routine, planning their schedule. Secondly, provide some basic home exercises and home modifications, such as in the bathroom with grab bars. Thirdly, assist with medication and visual check ups with their physician and follow up. Encourage socialization with friends and allow them to share what they have learned on how to prevent falls to their peers.Think of the positive results. A healthier, happier and more independent senior whom now can now take personal responsibility for their health. Not to mention, the influence they will have in reducing the annual $29.2 billion spent on healthcare. Also, now they can stay out of the emergency room, with no hospital stays, no home health visits and no physician visits.
So let’s get started!
There are many resources available in your community, physician offices and on the internet to become involved in falls prevention.
Listed here are a few sites to visit on the internet:
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September 10, 2013 at 6:17 pm -
Great information for my aging parents.
October 29, 2013 at 11:40 am -
Wow! Thanks for this insightful article. Especially helping out and spending time with our grannies can be a big encouragement and blessing to them. I will deliberately begin to spend time with them.
charlee felice says:
November 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm -
This is great information. Spending time with our aging parents, looking out for their safety, and being active in their daily lives is very positive for all.
January 18, 2014 at 9:33 am -
Thanks for for providing such useful links! Fall prevention is extremely important for us all not just senior people. I think the most perilous moments are in the winter time when you can easily fall on ice. This happened to my grandmother and it was not pretty! She was lucky she didn’t need an ambulance! It was a real scare for us all!
I remember I took a bad fall several years ago and I hit my head on the ice and I was out for a couple of seconds. I was very fortunate that I didn’t break something!
July 29, 2015 at 5:25 pm -
Avoiding a fall has to be one of the most important things as you get older – because your body just isn’t as able to get over it, and this could mean that you never recover. I have seen this happen far too many times before. By simply being there for a person, and taking a look at what they need in their home to help them, you should find that you can make it so that they can avoid falling – which is obviously a good thing. You can make life a lot safer for older people, you just have to put a little bit of effort into it, and you should find that you get a great reward.
October 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm -
Avoiding falls is so important, consider safety equipment if you have to. For your friends and family’s sake if nothing else.