No one wants a loved one to fall and potentially injure his or herself. However, in the United States, every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.
If a fall does occur, it’s important to take prompt action. Have your loved one seen by a medical professional who can evaluate any injuries and determine whether there was an underlying medical cause for the fall.
Our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare SW Indiana wants to offer some insight into potential fall causes—and how to the lower the risk.
What Caused Your Loved One’s Fall?
When a fall occurs in your loved one, the first question you want answered is “Why did this fall happen?” By understanding the cause of the fall, you can help make sure it doesn’t happen again.
First, is your loved one suffering from an undiagnosed illness? Certain medical conditions can put your loved one at a higher risk of falling, such as:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Urinary tract infection
Once a medical condition is diagnosed, then a treatment plan can be put in place, which can help to prevent another fall.
Second, what medication or medications is your loved one currently prescribed?
Did you know that certain medications can put your loved one at risk for falling? Medications for blood pressure, diabetes, allergies and insomnia can cause dizziness or unsteadiness, both risk factors for falls.
Talk with a doctor or pharmacist about the meds your loved one is taking and whether any should be switched out for an alternative.
Finally, is your loved one beginning to suffer from an imbalance issue? As we age, our balance isn’t as strong as it once was.
Exercises like tai chi or even strength training can help your loved one regain or maintain balance, which lowers the risk of future falls.
Need extra assistance with an aging loved one? Contact us today to learn how our team of in-home care providers at Qualicare – Southwest Indianacan help.