Falls Prevention in the Elderly
1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 fall every year. These falls can lead to tendon tears, fracture, or worse, head injury. After falling, the individual may experience pain, limited mobility, and difficulty performing daily activities.
Keys to Preventing Falls
- Monitor the effects of medications and speak to your MD if you experience any dizziness or drowsiness
- Get screened for osteoporosis and discuss Calcium and Vit D supplements with your doctor
- Get your vision checked annually
- Exercise at least 3x/week to maintain strength and balance
Home Safety Checklist
- Avoid clutter on stairs and walkways
- Install handrails and lights on staircases
- Remove throw rugs
- Keep commonly used items in cabinets easily reached without a stool
- Install grab bars in the tub/shower/near toilet
- Place non slip mats in bathroom/tub/shower
- Wear shoes inside the home – avoid slippers and walking barefoot
If you feel weak, off balance, or have suffered a fall in the past, give us a call. We can explain how physical therapy can help you and get you started on your recovery to feeling strong, stable, and prevent future falls!!