Fall prevention in elderly is important because its a major health risk. There are 1 in 3 adults age 65 and above get injuries. More than 30% falls are moderate and severe injuries. In which reduce mobility and brain injuries are common and possible.
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The good news about falls is that most of them can be prevented. The key is to know where to look. Here are some common factors that can lead to a fall:
Shoes you wear should be comfortable, low-heel, slip resistance and easy on/off. They should have good cushioning.
Keeping the floor clutter clean helps prevents falls. Also tuck electrical cords safely away and removing bed skirts and area rugs.
Placing a lamp on the bedside table and adding nightlights.
There should be ample room around furniture. There should be chairs with armrests for support.
You should not store items too high or too low. Keeping frequently-used items within easy reach.
If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, helping them reduce their risk of falling is a great way to help them stay healthy and independent as long as possible.