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13 Quick Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors

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When it comes to senior safety, trip and fall prevention is one of the most important measures you can take. Falls always have the potential to cause major injury, but the odds of a serious fall go up substantially with age. As we get older, our bones become weaker, and our regenerative systems are less effective. This means a fall is more likely to lead to more damage, and our bodies won’t heal as quickly or as well.

Fortunately, simple measures can go a long way when it comes to fall prevention. For example, you can check out AntiAgingNinja’s tips on fighting the effects of aging and keeping yourself healthy well into your golden years. Tackle this issue from several angles for your best chance at success. Here’s a look at a few of the ways you can reduce your or your loved one’s risk of falling:

Physical Conditioning

Often, seniors are at risk for falling due to poor strength or balance. Stay in good physical condition, and you’re less likely to slip and more likely to regain your balance if you do:

  • Exercises you can do indoors to improve strength and balance. [1]
  • Focus on getting at least thirty minutes of exercise every day to stay in shape. [2]
  • Maintaining (or reaching) a healthy weight, getting good nutrition, and other general wellness goals can also keep your fall risk low. [3]

Reducing Hazards

Identify and, where possible, eliminate trip hazards to make your environment as safe as possible:

  • If you babysit for friends or family members, teach the little ones to always put their toys away at the end of playtime. [4]
  • Promptly clean up any spilled water, and have leaks fixed as soon as possible. [5]
  • Stay mindful of pets that tend to get underfoot. Consider crating or sequestering furry friends at night to reduce risk in the dark. [6]

Adding Aids

There are a ton of simple tools you can use to prevent falls, or catch yourself if you do slip:

  • Install grab bars throughout your home, especially in the shower, at tops of stairwells, and in other high-risk locations. [7]
  • Add a non-slip surface to your tub floor, or convert your shower to walk-in only. [8]
  • A shower seat can also make your shower easier and safer. [9]
  • Mobility aids, such as ramps or stairlifts, are great for seniors who cannot safely navigate stairs or split-level homes. [10]

Outdoors

Ice, snow, fallen leaves and even rainy days can create a slick environment outside:

  • Keep your walkway clear of debris through regular maintenance. [11]
  • Salt your walkway before inclement weather to prevent ice accumulation and slick spots. [12]
  • If you’re not sure you can navigate your walkway safely in ice or snow, err on the side of caution and stay in whenever possible. [13]

Slip and fall accidents can be dangerous for seniors, but that doesn’t mean you have to live your life afraid that you might trip. These simple tips can go a long way toward making you feel safe, secure, and steady on your feet.

Resources
[1] https://medicare.org/Articles/health-wellness/indoor-exercises-for-seniors
[2] https://familydoctor.org/exercise-seniors/
[3] https://weknowyoga.com/resources-to-jumpstart-your-healthy-living-goals/
[4] https://www.theseanamethod.com/2016/06/getting-kids-to-put-toys-away/
[5] https://dailycaring.com/home-safety-for-seniors-10-quick-fixes-for-bathroom-bedroom-and-kitchen/
[6] https://ourfitpets.com/training/should-you-crate-or-not-crate-your-dog/
[7] https://seniorsafetyadvice.com/where-to-put-grab-bars-in-a-bathroom/
[8] https://www.grayingwithgrace.com/non-slip-bath-mats/
[9] https://www.bhg.com/bathroom/shower-bath/walk-in-showers-with-seat/
[10] https://www.bhg.com/bathroom/shower-bath/walk-in-showers-with-seat/
[11] https://www.thespruce.com/when-to-rake-leaves-2132360
[12] https://www.merchantsgroup.com/rock-salt-vs-ice-melt-and-how-to-use-them-correctly/
[13] https://www.leisurecare.com/resources/best-home-delivery-services-for-seniors/

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