For many seniors, the threat of a fall feels like a normal part of life. Stories about falls can be intimidating, and they might even have you scared of your own home.
It doesn't have to be this way. There are several things you can do to prevent falls. Some simple changes can make a big difference. Here's how you can prevent falls and other injuries.
Talk to a Therapist About Developing a Treatment Plan
If you're concerned about falls, talk to your doctor or a physical therapist. They can help you develop a plan to prevent falls. This plan will stem from an assessment of your specific structure and injuries, and it will be customized to fit your needs.
Make Your Home a Safe Haven
One of the best things you can do to prevent falls is to make your home safe. Remove any tripping hazards, such as by taping rugs down and securing cables. Make sure you have good lighting, perhaps even investing in automatic lighting systems. You might even add bars to your bathroom and other rooms for extra assistance.
You might also add a medical alert system to your home so that if you do experience a fall, you have a way to get help quickly and mitigate your injuries.
Learn the Risks of Falls
Falls don't just happen. There are usually risk factors that contribute to a fall. Once you know what these risks are, you can take steps to prevent them.
For example, you might be at a higher risk for falls if you take certain medications. You can talk to your doctor about how to mitigate the risks of falls while taking this medication.
Train Your Balance
One of the best things you can do to prevent falls is to train your balance. This means doing exercises that help improve your balance and coordination. Programs that improve balance may include Tai chi, yoga, and strength training.
Build Strength and Improve Flexibility
If you're not used to exercising, it may seem daunting to start. But there are many ways to get started slowly and gradually improve your strength and flexibility. A therapist who understands your fall risk can help you work on the best exercises to do this safely.
Get Help to Prevent Falls Now
If you're worried about falls, don't wait to get help. There are many things you can do to prevent falls and keep yourself safe. A fall prevention therapy program is a great place to begin.
For more information about fall prevention therapy for seniors, contact a local therapist.