How to Decrease a Senior's Risk of Falling

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With aging, the bones and muscles start decaying, and it makes it difficult for a person to perform all activities due to the wrong coordination of the two. Falling is a common risk for seniors that often result in serious injuries. Unfortunately, healing power is much lower in older adults. Below are Oklahoma statistics for seniors injured by falling.

  • Falls cause half of injuries to seniors.

  • Every day seniors are treated in the emergency room for a fall, and more than half of them pass away as a result of the injury obtained from the fall.

  • Falls cause 80% of bodily fractures among seniors.

The reason behind some senior immobility is often falling. The fear of falling engulfs their mind causing them to not want to try walking anymore. Hence, it's important to take measures to prevent falling. That is why we offer senior care services in OKC that is reliable and offers seniors a place with medical supervision, adequate care, and support.

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The most common places where seniors fall are listed below along with precautions to avoid fatal situations.

  1. A bedroom is a vulnerable place, and seniors often fall while getting up from the bed. Make sure there is adequate light in the room, even if just a night light. The light switch should be easily accessible; within reach of the bed.

  2. Bathrooms with wet floors can increase the risk of falling. You can lower the risk by installing grab bars near the shower and the toilet and adding a non-slip mat. It is also best to have a chair or bench in the shower to avoid slip-and-falls from standing on a wet surface.

  3. The kitchen should be uncluttered, and everything should be within reach. A non-slippery rubber mat is a great choice to secure footing.

  4. Keep the hallways clean. All cluttered should be removed. Carpet should be firmly secured. There should be ample light. Keep all electrical cords out of the way. A handrail should be in place for support when climbing in areas with a staircase.

Even physically fit seniors often fall and become immobile. Our senior care services in OKC have everything that is suitable for seniors to live securely. We can provide special attention to seniors that are not capable of walking on their own. Often, with exercise, they recover from immobility. If you are concerned about the mobility of a senior loved one, contact us at Home Care Assistance for help.