Unfortunately, a fall in and around the home is quite common, and serious falls become more prevalent the older a person gets. Around 30% of adults in Australia over 65 experience at least one fall per year. These elderly falls can lead to serious injury and impediment, with worse cases being fatal. Though elderly falls do not always result in harm, there can be knock-on effects. Survivors of an elderly fall can experience a loss of confidence, and hesitancy or tentativeness when engaging in the place or activity where their fall occurred. With this in mind, it is important to recognise that fall prevention is an understandable and highly attainable goal when moving into our golden years.
Elderly Fall Hazards and Effects
As we get older, more and more factors within our home can become risks to falls. Items that become hazardous can be as simple as common household furnishings. Things such as stairs and steps, narrow entries, two-storey living; as well as bathrooms, and kitchen benches. These risks can increase substantially when in close proximity to each other.
An effect that isn’t discussed as much is just after a fall takes place. One consequence that is less commonly talked about is that of the “Long Lie”. This can occur after a fall, where the person remains on the ground for a prolonged period of time. Exposure to the ground can result in hypothermia, dehydration, and pressure sores, along with the detrimental effect of social isolation
Tips for Preventing Trips and Falls
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to prevent elderly falls. These include making sure the areas that garner the most traffic are always well lit. Easy to access lighting and clear bulbs help with identifying obstacles before they become hazardous. Cleaning up clutter and mess, especially in tight fit areas, is important for safely moving through your home. Also identifying trip hazards, such as loose carpeting, slippery rugs, or smooth tiling can help reduce their impact in the home.
The garden also presents its own risks and it is important to mitigate them. Clear paths and sturdy, defined paving is a must, as well as maintenance of the grounds and flora themselves. Make sure your vision is as clear as possible, by wearing a hat or sunglasses depending on the light; also assessing the need to go outside in the first place if the weather itself is undesirable.
Keeping active in both body and mind can help immensely to stay alert when on your feet. The more you can maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, the less these risks will present themselves to your person.
At the end of the day, this doesn’t have to be done alone. There are many avenues to approaching falls prevention through home care support, professional or otherwise, to reduce fall risks. Having family around to help is always the best option.
A very secure way to ensure that your risk of elderly falls is at a minimum is through getting a home falls risk assessment. This is done to ensure maximum accessibility and comfortability whilst maintaining safety and preventing harm. If these factors are assessed properly, it can mean the difference in continuing to sustain an active and quality-filled life. There are many elderly fall risk assessment forms that can be completed online, although having a professional assess the areas with you is the safest option.
Engaging with Coolibah Care’s range of bespoke home care services can help ease the worry, and leave you to focus on the ways you want to live your life. Operating for over 50 years, Coolibah Care Home Care Services offers a variety of home care support packages to help you achieve and maintain your way of living.
How Home Care Support Can Benefit You
Even though we may feel as capable as we did in our younger years, the fact remains that there is nothing wrong with a little help. Whether that be through engaging in social activity or having a cooked meal. And in all seriousness – as is the case with elderly fall prevention – that little bit of help can end up meaning the most to your quality of life. Home care services include personal assistance, household assistance, as well as social and health-focused wellness programs and respite services.
If you think that you may need home care support, Coolibah Care Home Care Services are here to help you Every Step of the Way! Contact us today to learn about our various home care options, or to ask any queries you may have.
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This post was written by Vanessa Malady