As the human body ages, it becomes more and more susceptible to diseases and accidents leading to a fall. Per falls facts released by the Public Health England, The Public Health Outcomes Framework reported 255,000 emergency hospital admissions related to falls among patients aged 65, with 8% of these being above the age of 80.
Falls not only lead to severe injuries and disability, but they are the reason behind a loss of confidence and increasing dependence on other family members, or even moving into a nursing home.
Why should fall cases in the elderly be fully investigated? Because as our parents and grandparents age, their health deteriorates and they became more vulnerable to their bodies weakening and the risk of falls increasing. Falls impact not only their physical but mental health as well. Sometime our elderly loved ones fall due to an accident e.g. a trip, and sometimes due to the physical weakening of the person that falls.
This is why in this blog we have decided to talk about the common factors leading to falls in the elderly and what all we can do, as a considerate family member, to mitigate the risk.
- DECLINING BALANCE:
With age comes age-related muscle degeneration, instability, and a decline in body balance. This change in gait escalates the possibility of fall.
One of the primary cause of fall in elderlies is the onset of arthritis. It is important you get it checked before it leads to a fall. Change in vision can also lead to falls. Other than arthritis, fall could also signal towards a much larger health problem like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, etc, which should be immediately investigated.
- PRESCRIPTION DRUGS:
Prescriptions drugs can cause dizziness, making navigating around the home or outside a difficult task, often leading to falling. You should immediately talk to your physician about either decreasing your dosage or changing to other medicine that will not have this effect on you.
How can we ensure safety?
Make sure that the slippers and shoes they wear are either anti-skid or are made with a rubber sole to enhance grip while walking. Also, check whether or not the shoe provides ample ankle support.
- MEDICAL ALERT DEVICES:
Technology has undoubtedly made our lives easier. With telecare devices from SureSafe like their fall detection alarms and personal alarms built with fall detection capability, the safety of our loved ones can be easily achieved. SureSafe fall pendant alarm will help a wearer who has had a fall, get immediate medical attention with a push of an emergency button. You can also get them a device from a wide range of SureSafe fall detection alarms that automatically detect a fall with the change in air pressure and airspeed, without the wearer having to push the button.
- VISION CHECK-UP:
As we grow older, getting regular checkup of our vitals becomes extremely important. To lower the risk of falling, it is essential to schedule regular vision tests with a proficient ophthalmologist to ensure that their vision and prescriptions glasses are up to date.
You can trust upon the SureSafe range of telecare and assistive devices in helping your elderly loved ones live an independent and healthy life. We aim to make the golden years of your family members and loved ones safe and enjoyable, where they can live their life to the fullest, knowing medical help will be immediately provided with SureSafe alarms.