Our parents have certain health vulnerabilities as they age and each can be difficult.
As our parents age and become unsteady we need to remind them how to stay safe.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: One-fourth of Americans aged 65+ falls each year…and falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
Unfortunately, a fall could result in broken bones or severe injury for our elderly parents.
Make sure, if you are concerned about falls, you talk to your aging parent about safety procedures…and use these tips before tackling the subject:
- Have a clear and direct conversation about your concerns and include other members of the family. Be respectful and explain the dangers of falling.
- Listen to concerns or fears.
- Encourage your aging parent to exercise to strengthen their bones and muscles.
- Look over any medications that your parent may take and make sure they don’t make them sleepy or lightheaded.
- Simple modifications to the home also can help. You can arrange furniture or make sure nothing is on the floor that could cause a fall. Also, make sure all rugs are secure on the floor.
- Check and make sure the bathroom is safe. Extra bars are helpful or even a shower chair provides an extra level of safety.
- Install a medical alert device.
Check Preventing Falls at Home for more tips on how to make your aging parents’ home safe.