Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Fall Prevention for Dementia Caregivers

Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – Fall Prevention for Dementia Caregivers

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:

  1. Speak with your Doctor

You should begin your fall prevention by making an appointment with your doctor.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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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