What Are the Most Common Factors that Can Lead to a Fall for Your Elderly Loved One?

March 10, 2017

A fall can be devastating for your elderly loved one. The damage done from one simple fall at home can land your loved one in the hospital or in surgery. Doing what you can to avoid a fall is the best preventative plan you can put in to motion.

Poor Vision

If your elderly loved one can’t see well, she’s going to be unable to avoid some of the obstacles that cross her path. She also might overcompensate for her vision problems with exaggerated movements that throw her off balance or inadvertently send her into other obstacles. Regardless, it’s essential to make sure your loved one can see properly. Since March is Save Your Vision Month, now might be the right time to schedule an eye exam for both you and your loved one.

Side Effects from Medications

Some medications have side effects that, either alone or combined, can cause your loved one to have difficulty walking or avoiding obstacles. Some may even cause drowsiness or dizziness, which compound the situation. Talk to your loved one’s doctor about the medications that she takes so that you can get an accurate idea how they should affect her.

Poor Balance

If your loved one doesn’t have great balance or eye/hand coordination she’s likely to have an easier time falling. Talk to your loved one’s doctor about exercises that can help your loved one to build up her strength and her balance so that she can take this factor off the table for good.

A Cluttered Environment

The fact of the matter is that if your loved one’s environment is cluttered, there are simply that many more obstacles for her to work her way around. It’s just common sense that your loved one is going to be more likely to fall or to have trouble navigating. Do what you can to either remove or to redistribute clutter so that your loved one has a clear pathway through her home.

Having senior care providers available can take some of the strain off of you and help you to spot other factors you might have overlooked.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Westchester, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

Director of Client Services at Star One Home Care
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.
Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA

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