As we age, the human body naturally tends to lose strength, balance, and mobility. The harsh reality is that those over 65 are prone to fall, resulting in serious and sometimes devastating injuries, including hip fractures, broken arms, or even head trauma. Trips to the emergency room are an unfortunate yet preventable reality for seniors.
Southfield offers residents peace of mind in knowing that they can live this period of their lives safely and actively. If you or someone you love is 65 or older, reach out today online or by calling 855.947.3838.
Fall Risk Factors For Seniors
With every year that passes, the risk of falling increases due to a broad range of environmental, biological, and behavioral factors, including:
- Chronic medical conditions
- Vision impairment of loss
- Effects of medication (dizziness/drowsiness)
- Lack of mobility
- Reduced balance
- Decreased muscle tone and flexibility
- Decreased activity levels
- Low lighting
- Risky behavior such as using a chair instead of a step stool
- Fear of falling and being overly cautious
The more risk factors a person experiences, the greater the risk of falling.
Why Prevent Falls?
A fall may have serious consequences for a senior, including injury that requires care in a long-term health facility. With each subsequent fall comes a greater risk for falling again. Unfortunately, after a fall, seniors risk further isolation, loss of mobility, cognitive ability, and depression. Often, they are forced to give up their independence and, with that, their enjoyment of life.
At Southfield, we understand the importance of preventing falls and the impact that it has on seniors’ mental and physical health. Contact us today to learn more about how you can live independently in a safe and healthy environment by calling 855.947.3838.
10 Fall Prevention Tips For Seniors
Falls do not have to be an inevitable consequence of the aging process. The likelihood of a fall from any of the risk factors can be reduced, allowing seniors to enjoy their lives and community confidently. To live an active and satisfying life as a senior, follow these tips to maintain good health, ensure overall well-being, and disastrous falls, including:
- Manage and monitor prescription medications
- Participate in regular exercise for strength and flexibility
- Watch your diet and be sure to include Vitamin D and calcium for strong bones
- Get plenty of sleep
- When combined with medication, alcohol increases the risk of a fall
- Wear non-skid shoes and avoid wearing socks only
- Eliminate household hazards such as clutter and unstable furniture
- Use caution on wet and icy surfaces
- Be confident that you are strong, healthy, and capable
- Walk cautiously
Unfortunately, we can’t stop the aging process, but seniors can manage some of the risk factors that may contribute to falls as they age. Preventing falls is the best way to ensure that seniors can make the most out of every day and participate in the activities that they enjoy.
Learn More About Southfield
The residences and community at Southfield are designed with fall prevention and senior living in mind. Newly renovated, residents can take pride in a community that’s been specifically geared towards the needs of older adults. Furthermore, experienced and caring professionals have taken every precaution for the safety of residents and implemented activities and programs to decrease the fall risk factors that many seniors experience.
At Southfield, we encourage residents to live independently, enjoying life in their senior years within a community of other independent seniors.