Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Fall Prevention for Dementia Caregivers
Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important and should be discussed. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions – and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions – make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, the fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life.
Consider six simple fall-prevention strategies:
- Speak with your Doctor
You should begin your fall prevention by making an appointment with your doctor.
- Keep Yourself Moving
Physical activity can go a long way toward fall prevention. With your doctor’s OK, consider activities such as walking, water workouts or tai chi – a gentle exercise that involves slow and graceful dance-like movements. Such activities reduce the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
- Wear the Correct Shoes
Consider changing your footwear as part of your fall-prevention plan. High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles can make you slip, stumble and fall. So can walking in your socks. Instead:
- Have your feet measured each time you buy shoes, since foot size can change.
- Buy properly fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.
- Avoid shoes with extra-thick soles.
- Choose lace-up shoes instead of slip-ons, and keep the laces tied.
- Remove Hazards in the Home
Evaluate the things around your home. Your living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, hallways and stairways may be filled with hazards. To make your home safer:
- Move coffee tables, magazine racks and plant stands from high-traffic areas.
- Remove loose rugs from your home.
- Repair loose, wooden floorboards and carpeting right away.
- Immediately clean spilled liquids, grease or food.
- Use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower.
- Lighting Up Your Living Space
Keep your home brightly lit to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see. Also:
- Place night lights in your bedroom, bathroom and hallways.
- Turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.
- Store flashlights in easy-to-find places in case of power outages.
- Use Assistive Devices
Your doctor might recommend using a cane or walker to keep you steady. Other assistive devices can help, too. For example:
- Hand rails for both sides of stairways
- A raised toilet seat or one with armrests
- Grab bars for the shower or tub
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