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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Caregivers and Fall Prevention Practices

There are many people who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, and it is important that fall prevention techniques are followed while in these types of environments. It is beneficial for caregivers to know the pain level of their patients, and this can help gauge if help is needed to walk. The risk of falling may be reduced when there is assistance while using the commode or shower, and crutches or other support devices are within reach. Additionally, when the patient's personal belongings are close to them, such as cell phones, glasses, TV remote, or reading materials, the chances of falling to retrieve these items is greatly reduced. The call button and light are essential in being easily accessed, and this may prevent the patient from getting out of bed to find a caregiver. If you would like additional information about how falling can affect the feet, a podiatrist can correctly inform you how this may be avoided with fall prevention techniques.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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