For the elderly, falls are a very serious issue. As people’s bodies grow frailer, the potential complications of a fall get worse. While a child may just shake off a fall and carry on, an elderly person could wind up in the hospital.
Below are a few things that the elderly can do to reduce the risk of a fall:
- Always have proper lighting. The elderly should never try to walk in the dark or even in the shadows, where the risk of a fall is greatest.
- Get daily exercise. Someone who is still focusing on physical fitness will be as strong and coordinated as possible, helping to keep them safe. They have better balance and can maintain it even through unexpected events.
- Wear proper shoes. The shoes must be the right ones for the surface. High-traction shoes — like those often worn in kitchens — may help. The elderly also need comfortable clothes that fit properly, even as their bodies change as they age.
- Consider the impact of medication. Some medications, while helpful and necessary, have very problematic side effects. They could impact balance and coordination. They could make someone feel very tired and fatigued. All of these things can make falls more likely, and extra care is needed. This is when caregivers at a nursing home may need to offer the most assistance.
Did your loved suffer an injury in a fall at a nursing home? Do you think that the staff was negligent or even abusive, leading to the incident? If so, be sure you understand all of the legal steps you need to take.