Fall prevention for the elderly
Older people are at greater risk of falling. And this has more consequences than when younger people fall. Besides the physical complaints and pains that arise, it also means that the elderly are often afraid of falling again. And this fear causes them to avoid certain activities or situations. There are a number of things you can do to prevent them from falling again. Here are a few tips.
Ensure a safe home
It is important to make your home as safe as possible. Think about anti-slip material, good lighting, installing threshold aids. In the bathroom, make sure to install brackets and handrails.
When you keep moving, your muscles remain supple and powerful. This certainly does not have to be a work-out! But try, for example, to do gardening or housework independently for as long as possible. Still take the stairs now and then if you can do so safely.
Make sure you have good, sturdy footwear
Wearing good, sturdy shoes also contributes to the safety of the elderly. It is important that the shoes be firmly attached to the foot, have a small heel and do not have a slippery sole.
Be careful which medicines you use
A number of medicines have an effect on balance and blood pressure. These medicines increase the risk of falling. Are you in doubt about your medication? Always consult your doctor.
Have your eyes checked regularly
Good vision is critical, especially as you get older. Therefore, have your eyes checked regularly and make sure that you always have a spare pair of glasses on hand.
In addition to the tips above, the use of fall prevention aids is at least as important. Below, we give you an overview of a number of aids that are indispensable for preventing falls.
The use of a rollator is highly recommended when you or your parents (in - law) have trouble walking. With a rollator, you are always well-supported while walking. This drastically reduces the chance of falling. Also, the older person often feels more confident and gets a bit of freedom back.
An adjustable toilet frame is an ideal aid to make your toilet visits easier. The toilet support is easy to place over your toilet and to attach under the toilet seat. In this way, it offers optimal support when standing up. A toilet support has comfortable arm supports and offers a firm grip. The armrests are height-adjustable and can therefore always be adjusted to the desired height.
Raised toilet seat
Using a toilet raiser is also an excellent aid that helps you to go to the toilet more easily. The 15 centimetre increase in height makes it easier for you to sit on the toilet.
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