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Rise Above the Fear of Falling (Infographic)
Aug 17, 2016

Elderly people would very much like to retain as much independence as possible in their lives, but when an older person suffers a fall, it is most improbable that they will be able to carry on as normal. The best case scenario, in all likelihood, is that they merely need a bit of help moving around their home. Falls can easily result in broken bones, a total loss of independence, trauma, a serious head injury or even death. While this rings true for any age group, elderly people are especially at risk, given that their bodies become more frail as they get older.

It is for situations like these where the time-honoured idiom ‘Prevention is better than cure’ is most applicable. Rather than running the risk of seeing an elderly relative fall or hoping for the best, you can take preventative measures to reduce the likelihood of them falling insofar as possible. That means keeping your floors clear of objects like toys and wires, securing any mats or rugs to the floor and wiping up any liquid spills straight away. You can also encourage older people to use handrails when walking up and down stairs, go for medical check-ups to assess their risk of falling and perform balance exercises such as tai chi.

If you can make your home a low-risk environment and instil a sense of confidence in your elders that they won’t fall, it’s then rather unlikely that they will suffer a fall and then nobody has to live in fear of this unenviable situation.

If you would like to find out more about how to encourage fall prevention in your home, take a look at this infographic from Home Healthcare Adaptations