You might not realize how much self-care habits can impact your elderly family member’s ability to avoid falling. Paying a little more attention to some of these simple habits can greatly reduce your senior’s risk of falling and injuring herself.
Keeping up with Vision and Hearing Tests.
Vision and hearing tests seem like something that’s unrelated to fall risk, but your elderly family member can’t avoid a fall as easily if she’s having trouble with her ears or her eyes. Vision is a huge issue because your aging family member can’t avoid obstacles that she doesn’t see. Even small changes to her vision can create big problems for her. Ear health is also vital because it’s the inner ear that helps your elderly family member to maintain her balance.
Doing Medication Assessments.
Some medications have side effects that are more serious than others, of course. Dizziness, drowsiness, and other side effects can make it difficult for your elderly family member to maintain her balance. Sometimes one medication’s side effects are fine until they’re combined with the side effects from another medication. Periodic assessments with your senior’s doctor can help to determine whether the medication needs adjusting to help your senior avoid a fall.
Exercise has so many benefits for your aging adult, but the one that applies when you’re worried about her falling is that it builds muscle tone. When your elderly family member has stronger muscles, she may be less likely to fall because she’s able to maneuver her body better. She may also find that she has better balance overall if she’s exercising regularly.
Eating Healthy Meals.
Low blood sugar and dehydration can both contribute to a situation in which your aging family member’s balance is off and she’s more likely to fall. Eating regular, healthy meals and drinking plenty of fluids is the best way to avoid both of those issues. Talk with your senior’s doctor about what she should eat and how often it’s best for her to eat. From there, you can work on ways to help your elderly family member eat as healthily as possible.
If your elderly family member is having trouble keeping up with some of these habits, senior care providers can help immensely. They can take over the heavy lifting portion of some of these tasks and ensure that your senior is sticking to what she needs to do.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Stockton, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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