Injury Prevention Tips for Aging Adults

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Injuries are a major concern for seniors because they can take a long time to heal, and if they’re improperly treated, they can be the source of more serious complications. Skin tears, fractures, and head trauma are some of the leading injuries among seniors. If you’re concerned about the safety of an aging loved one, here are a few things you can do to minimize his or her risk of injuries at home. 

Pay Attention to Medications

Seniors are often prescribed a variety of medications whose side effects may increase the risk of injury. For example, a diuretic such as Lasix can increase the risk of falls when it’s taken at night. Your loved one may feel a sense of urgency to go to the restroom, leading to slipping or falling while getting out of the bed. 

Drowsiness and dizziness are also common side effects of a number of medications used to treat age-related conditions. Talk to your loved one’s doctor if you feel any of your loved one’s medication may be threatening his or her safety. The doctor will be able to adjust the dosage as necessary and further explain the potential side effects of prescribed medications.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional in-home care. Reston families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.

Check Visual & Hearing Acuity

Vision changes with age, as does hearing. Problems with either of these senses can pose a safety hazard for a senior. Encourage your loved one to get his or her vision and hearing checked on a regular basis. 

It’s also important to make modifications in the home to accommodate your loved one’s vision and hearing changes. There should be clear walking paths from one room to another, rugs should be secured to the floor, and nonslip mats should be placed where falls commonly occur, such as in the bathroom and kitchen. Smoke alarms and other monitors should be loud and located where they’ll be heard clearly.

Many older adults are choosing to age in place, and some need a helping hand to continue living at home safely and comfortably. Luckily, there is professional home care seniors can trust and rely on.

Encourage Activities for Balance & Coordination

Gait, balance, and coordination can change due to the aging process or chronic health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. However, practicing balance exercises can prevent falls at home. If you notice your loved one is unsteady when performing the exercises, an evaluation by his or her primary care physician may be necessary to determine if your parent should use an assistive device such as a walker or cane for additional safety.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality elderly home care. Reston families trust Assisting Hands Home Care Reston to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. Call us at 703-556-8983 to learn about our comprehensive in-home care plans.