Fall-related injuries are the leading cause of accidental death in adults age 65 and older. After a fall, the fear of falling can become as life changing and routine-inhibiting as the pain and recovery. One of my senior loved ones fell recently. She was so badly injured, she ended up in the hospital for almost a week. Afterwards, she needed physical therapy to improve her balance and coordination.
There are several easy steps you can take to prevent falls and reduce the fear of falling in older adults. For example, remove throw rugs and incorporate confidence-building exercise. Here is a great resource: Preventing falls in older adults.
If falling or fear of falling becomes a problem for an elder who wants to live at home, consider both occupational therapy and in-home care.
Another safety concern is in the kitchen. Both meal delivery programs and in-home caregiving services will help if your concern is the senior’s inability to prepare meals.
See other warning signs that care may be needed.
Download our printable checklist to see if care might be needed.