As your loved one gets older, underlying health conditions or normal physical changes can increase the chances of falls. Add to that common hazards that can accumulate around the home, and the potential for falls can become a significant risk. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for Americans 65 years and older.

But the good news is that there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of falls. Simple steps such as daily exercise to maintain strength, removing common hazards around the home, ensuring proper lighting, and utilizing assistance devices as needed can go a long way toward preventing falls.

If you’re concerned about the risk of falls, your local specialist from Family SmartCare can help assess the risks and assist with a plan to help keep your loved one safe.

 

According to the United States CDC, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for Americans 65 years and older.

Considerations for When Care May Be Needed

Can your loved one…

  • Remember and follow an exercise regimen to maintain (or rebuild) strength?
  • Maintain a nutritious diet?
  • Remember and follow any specific dietary restrictions (e.g., low sodium, fat or sugar)?
  • Take his/her medications properly (i.e., as prescribed)?
  • Gauge when s/he is at risk for falls – as in, when s/he is too tired or hot, surface conditions are slippery or she/he truly needs to be using an assistive device?​

At Family SmartCare, we’re here to provide guidance and assistance to help keep your loved one safe. Contact us today to get your questions answered or to schedule a complimentary in-home assessment.

For more information about your loved one’s mobility challenges or to set up a free fall risk assessment with a Client Services Manager, ​call us at (520) 704-6000.