Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Here at Kentish Homecare, we’re proud to offer a range of services that we like to think cover every aspect of elderly care – everything from cooking meals, to looking after pets, to shopping.

One thing that is slightly more difficult to prevent, however, is falling. Of course, people of any age can fall at any given time for a number of reasons, but the elderly tend to be at a higher risk.

Precautions can be taken to reduce the risk of a fall, mind. Here are a few tips you can follow to reduce your own or a loved one’s risk of falling in the home.

•  Immediately mop up any spillages that occur, and remove any clutter, rubbish, trailing wires, or frayed carpet.
•  Use non-slip mats and rugs if possible, or remove them if the risk is too much.
•  Refrain from walking on more slippery floors in socks or tights.
•  Try not to wear loose-fitting or trailing clothes which are more likely to trip you up. If you have a favourite item of clothing which fits this description, try having it tailored to be shorter.
•  Wear well-fitting shoes that are in good condition and support your ankle.
•  Walk slowly.
•  If you’re particularly worried, have the likes of grab rails installed in areas such as stairs, around the shower and bath, and where else you see fit.

If you are highly worried about the risk of falling, or have a health problem that may place you at a higher risk (mobility problems, dizziness, aches and pains) it is advised that you contact a healthcare professional and a reputable care provider – such as Kentish Homecare. They will often work together to find a solution that works for you – be it a mobility frame, an alert button, or some form of care.

Feel free to contact us for more information.

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