As we age, our overall fall risk generally increases. This can be true for various reasons, including changes in our bodies, chronic illness, and medication side effects. Unfortunately, when older adults fall, there are increased odds of suffering serious harm. That’s why a thorough senior health services plan can help you keep your risks low.
Your concern about falling can have a significant impact on your everyday routine. In fact, it may be tempting to cut things out of your life so you can stay safe. But rest assured, you have other, better options.
At Southfield, we’ve learned from the experts that there are multiple ways to reduce your fall risks. Learn more about things you can do to stay safe while maintaining the life you love by reaching out to us today at 855.947.3838 or use our online form.
Physical Activity Is Key to Fall Prevention
One of the best things you can do to prevent falls is to remain physically active. Regular exercise helps make falling less likely by:
- Strengthening your muscles
- Maintaining the range of motion in your joints
- Keeping your ligaments and tendons flexible
No matter your current level of health, you can create an exercise plan that suits your needs. Ask your doctor for advice on your exercise options.
Take Advantage of Assistive Devices
Assistive devices such as walkers and canes are excellent fall prevention tools. However, to reap their benefits, you must find the option that’s right for you. Not sure if you need one of these devices? Just speak with your doctor, occupational therapist, or physical therapist for guidance.
These trained professionals will help you decide if a cane or walker is appropriate. If you’re a good candidate for one, they’ll also help ensure that your chosen device fits you properly.
Check Your Hearing and Vision
With aging comes increased chances of experiencing hearing or vision problems. Both of these issues can make you more likely to fall. That’s true even if your eyesight or hearing changes by just a small amount. Regular checkups with a specialist will alert you to these kinds of changes. As needed, you should update your eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids. Of course, to protect yourself, you must make a daily habit of wearing your prescribed devices.
Make Safe Footwear Choices
The right footwear also supports your fall prevention goals. If you wear smooth-soled shoes or slippers, your hazard risks generally go up. For this reason, it’s good to avoid wearing such footwear, especially on stairs. Instead, try switching to non-skid shoes outfitted with rubber soles. Today, these kinds of shoes are available in a wide range of styles. Popular choices include lace-up or Velcro casual footwear and athletic footwear. They also include low-heeled shoes and flats.
Additional Precautions for Fall Prevention
Several everyday precautions will also help you minimize your fall risks. That includes such things as:
- Paying attention to your surroundings when walking
- Avoiding icy or wet surfaces whenever possible
- Getting enough sleep to remain alert during the day
Contact Southfield for More Information
At Southfield Senior, we’re dedicated to helping you enjoy safe, rewarding independent living. That includes supporting your goals for ongoing fall risk reduction. A key part of our approach is an emphasis on high-quality, well-maintained facilities. We also provide activity options that help you keep your mind and body strong. Whether you like walking, hiking, or a workout in the gym, you’ll find exercises that suit your preferences. And these are just some of the ways we support your health and well-being. For more information, fill out our online form or give us a call at 855.947.3838.