Top 5 reasons seniors fall and tips for families on how to address
Top 5 reasons seniors fall and tips forfamilies on how to address
1. Medication (over medicated, new/changed medication). Not takingtheir medication (ex. High Blood Pressure)Remind loved one to take their medication. Pill reminder boxes. Ask theirdoctor or pharmacist to review their medicines—both prescription andover-the counter—to identify medicines that may cause side effects orinteractions such as dizziness or drowsiness.
Person is weak, tired or ill.Companionship. Help especially with getting out of bed to go to bathroomor walking around a room. Prevent dehydration. Dehydration can make iteasier to lose your balance.2.
Person is not physically fitMany people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling.This fear may cause them to limit their activities, which leads to reducedmobility and loss of physical fitness, and in turn increases their actual riskof falling.3.
Home Safety (or lack thereof)Make their homes safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab barsinside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railingson both sides of stairways and improving the lighting in their homes.4.
Symptom of Chronic ConditionsUnderstand the disease processes and help their loved ones adhere to thedischarge plan, get to Dr. appointments, know red flag alerts, medicationreminders.5.
Resources:Great assessment tools: Common Screening and Assessment ToolsData: Falls Among Older Adults: An OverviewCost data: Cost of Fall Injuries in Older Persons in the United States, 2005
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