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Preventing Falls in the Bedroom

As people age, they can become increasingly susceptible to suffering from some kind of fall. As a result, a senior might experience diminished foot health. Therefore, it is important to do whatever you can to prevent these falls or trips from occurring in the first place. One of the places where a senior might fall down is in their bedroom. There are several steps that can be taken to minimize falls in a senior’s bedroom. For example, many falls are due simply to a lack of light in the relevant area. So a senior might consider buying a bedside lamp to illuminate the bedroom floor. Additionally, a senior might consider ensuring that the bed is at an appropriate height. Beds that are too high might result in falls while getting out. Lastly, since some seniors are light-headed when they first wake up, a senior might consider trying to minimize falls by taking their time to rise. It is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for more information on preventing falls. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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