Reduce the Risk of Falls and Slips Guide
6 Tips to Help Senior Loved Ones Enjoy an Injury-Free Season
As we age, avoiding slips and falls becomes increasingly important, regardless of the time of year. Slips and falls are just a common occurrence no mater your age group. It is important to be aware of the environment to Reduce the Risk of Falls and Slips in any season! In winter, spring and fall, obviously we need to be aware that walkways tend to be wet and slippery during the wet months. Accidents can happen at any time of year. Here are 6 Best Ways to Reduce the Risk of Falls and Slips which can help reduce your senior loved one’s risk of suffering a fall this year.
#1: Exercise to Improve Your Senior Loved One’s Balance
The stronger your muscles are, the more balanced and coordinated you will be. Therefore, number one of 6 Best Ways to Reduce the Risk of Falls and Slips is to start doing exercises. Exercises which are designed to help improve your strength and balance are best. Begin by encouraging your senior loved one to take a yoga class or to follow these ten exercises which are done in the comfort of home.
#2: Wear Appropriate Footwear
Wearing sandals might be ideal when you’re sitting on your porch but not for walking! But if you are serious to find Ways to Reduce the Risk of Falls and Slips and Slips in Summer do not go for a walk in sandals or flip-flops! Instead opt for some excellent fitting walking shoes. Be sure sure the shoes fit properly. When venturing outside, check to see if your senior loved one is wearing appropriate footwear for the conditions and activity. Their walking shoes should be sturdy, supportive, comfortable, and slip-resistant.
#3: Stay Hydrated
It can be easy to get dehydrated in the heat of the summer if you’re not careful. And, when you get dehydrated, you become lightheaded and dizzy and this will put you at a much higher risk of falling. Before going outside, make sure that your senior loved one is always drinking enough water. Try to keep outdoor activities to the cooler times of the day.
#4: Pay Attention to the Weather
Summer rains can leave sidewalks littered with debris and slippery puddles, both of which can make it easier for slips and falls to occur. Therefore, pay attention to the weather, so you know what to expect when your senior loved one leaves their home. If it’s supposed to rain, make sure they are prepared for it by wearing the appropriate footwear. Alternately, you can encourage them to stay inside and do some indoor exercises to get their daily workout in.
#5: Watch Your Step!
Sometimes, avoiding a fall is as simple as watching where you step. Unfortunately, when the weather is nice and the surroundings are pretty, we often lose sight of the simple things. Any time your senior loved one heads outside for a walk, make sure this tip remains at the forefront of their mind, especially when they’re walking in unfamiliar locations and terrain. Encourage them to always walk slowly and keep a watchful eye out for steep inclines, uneven surfaces, holes, and loose dirt.
#6: Use Mobility Aids if Necessary
Your senior loved one may not want to use a mobility aid, like a walking stick, walker, or special shoes but they can be essential for keeping them safe if they’re someone who has a high risk of falling. If your senior loved one’s doctor prescribes a walking aid, then by all means make sure they use it. It will help keep them healthy and safe this summer instead of recovering from a devastating slip and fall accident. With summer finally here, you’re no doubt anxious to get outside, so you and your senior loved one can enjoy all your favorite activities again. So, get out there and have fun, but don’t overlook the things they need to do to stay safe and injury-free. Keep these six tips in mind and they’ll be able to enjoy an active summer filled with sunset strolls.
Original Post on Falls and Seniors on Aug 12, 2020. This post has been recently updated as of June 2022.
Resources: Read more from the Golden Girls Senior Placement Specialists: Find Care Facilities for Your Loved One
Here are some resources to help you learn more about preventing seniors from falling and what we do for senior placement:
- Our friends at the CDC gives us the straight scoop on Fall Prevention
- Official Website for the State of Oregon offers resources and ideas to help prevent seniors from falling
- From our friends at Aging In Place – 10 exercises emphasizing value of Balance Exercises
- Golden Placements Adult Services – COVID and Senior Facilities
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