As we age, we are more likely to lose our balance and fall. The harsh reality for many seniors is that they may not have the strength or agility to stand again on their own. The fall itself may result in hip fractures, broken fingers, or even traumatic brain injuries. More than half of the emergency room visits by those over 65 are the result of a fall. The reality is that falls are preventable.
Northfield offers residents the confidence in knowing that they are not alone, and assistance is available if they need it making this period of life active and satisfying. If you or someone you love is entering this stage of life, reach out today online or by calling 844.334.1490.
Fall Risk Factors
Everyone from very young children to adults has stumbled, tripped, or fallen. However, as people age, the risk of falling increases due to a range of biological, environmental, and behavioral factors, including:
- Decreased activity
- Chronic health conditions
- Vision changes and loss
- Medication side effects
- Muscle weakness
- Balance issues
- Poor lighting in the home
- Lack of railings and handrails
- Risky behavior such as standing on a chair
The more risk factors a person experiences, the greater the risk of falling. For many seniors, the fear of falling alone may create a higher risk of doing so.
Why Preventing Falls Is Important
For many seniors, a fall in their home may have serious consequences. Seniors who have already fallen are found to be more likely to fall again. Ten percent of those who have experienced a fall are required to recover in a long-term facility due to their injuries. A fall of any kind may lead a senior down the road of depression as their independence, mobility and freedom are diminished.
The professionals at Northfield understand the importance of preventing senior falls and have the interest and safety of residents in mind. Contact us today to learn more about the independent living community by calling 844.334.1490.
Fall Prevention Tips For Seniors
While it may seem that falls are an inevitable consequence of the aging process, they are preventable. By reducing some of the fall risk factors, seniors can confidently live their life how they want. Some ways to reduce the chances of a fall include:
- Regular exercise helps to keep the muscles and bones strong and joints and ligaments flexible
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes calcium and Vitamin D
- Monitor side effects of medications
- Get plenty of restful sleep
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption. Especially when combined with medication, alcohol increases the risk of a fall
- Wear appropriate, non-skid shoes
- Eliminate household hazards such as clutter and unstable furniture
- Use caution on wet surfaces
- Go slowly
- Be confident that you are strong, healthy, and capable
Unfortunately, seniors can’t change some of the risk factors of aging, but they can control the environmental and behavioral factors contributing to it. Preventing falls is the best way to ensure that seniors can make the most out of every day and participate in the activities that they enjoy.
Learn More About Northfield
The residences at Northfield are designed with fall prevention and senior living in mind. The experienced and caring professionals have taken every precaution for the safety of residents and implemented activities and programs to decrease the fall risk factors that many seniors experience.
At Northfield, we encourage and help all of the residents to live independently while developing and pursuing an active lifestyle.
If you or someone you love is 65 or older and looking to increase your senior living experience, reach out to one of our team members today at 844.334.1490 or through the online form.