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Help Your Senior Loved One Prevent Falls the First Day of Fall

Sep 22, 2017 by Tracy Kelley

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day; find ways that you can help prevent falls for your senior loved one.

September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), and it's a day that's especially geared towards seniors because elderly adults are most affected by falls. Working in the home healthcare industry, we see many elderly adults who are unable to care for themselves after coming home from the hospital due to a fall. Our team provides interactive caregiving and in-home care in Lakeland and the surrounding area to help these individuals get back on their feet, both figuratively and literally, but what would be even better is if those falls never happened in the first place! The National Council on Aging organizes the day and offers an array of tips to help prevent falls for your senior loved ones. Find tips you can use below.

Tips for Helping Your Senior Loved One Avoid Falls 

We in the senior home care industry know how dangerous falls can be to our elderly populations. According to the National Council on Aging’s steps to preventing a fall, a senior is seen in Emergency Departments across the country once every 11 seconds for a fall-related injury.  Many falls are preventable, and so everyone should do their part to ensure our senior loved ones live in the safest and healthiest environments possible.

Tips for preventing falls:

  1. Help seniors improve their balance with an exercise regimen.
  2. Take seniors to the doctor for a fall risk assessment.
  3. Ensure seniors’ medications aren’t increasing their risk of falling.
  4. Take seniors to have vision and hearing checked.
  5. Fall-proof a senior’s home by removing tripping hazards, improving lighting, adding handrails and more.

Comfort Keepers’ caregivers can be a valuable resource in helping your seniors to avoid falls. They can help in fall-proofing the home and take seniors to and from exercise classes and doctor’s visits. For more information about our team at Comfort Keepers, click here, or call us at 863-292-6199.

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