Falls are the leading cause of hospital visits among those 65 years of age and older. But while fall risk increases as we age, many falls can be prevented.
That’s why our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare North York wants to offer some tips to help you lower fall risk in your loved one. Our biggest suggestion? Physical activity!
How Staying Physically Active Can Help With Fall Prevention
Exercise should always be a part of our daily life, especially as we age. It benefits our physical and mental health—and can help combat the effects of aging.
It’s particularly beneficial in lowering fall risk.
There are certain exercises we can do that can help improve our core, as well as add strength to our body to help reduce the risk of falls. Some exercises that can help promote balance anddecrease fall risk include:
- Tai chi
There are also exercises that you can do daily in the comfort of your own home, such as:
What to Do if a Fall Occurs
Did a fall occur in your loved one?
Make sure to seek medical attention to rule out or treat any injuries from the fall. A medical evaluation can also help ensure a more serious medical issue wasn’t what caused the fall in your loved one.
You’ll also want to take a look into what caused your loved one to fall. Did he or she trip over something in the home? Was the dim lighting in the stairway to blame? Did the rug come lose and lead to a fall?
These are all hazards you need to be aware of—and easy ones to fix to prevent future falls.
Do you need assistance caring for your loved one? Contact our in-home care providers at Qualicare North Yorktoday to learn how our professionals can help.