We frequently hear about ways to avoid heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, or viral infections, but what about something as simple as falling? Falling is the leading cause of injury in older individuals. Falling causes pain not only physically but also mentally, socially, and emotionally. In short, falls can result in loss of independence, early admission into long-term home healthcare, disability, and even death.
Tips to prevent and reduce the risk of falls:
- Improve Your Strength and Balance
Exercise regularly, preferably with moves or postures that involve balance, such as yoga or Tai chi. These types of exercise entail slow, deliberate movements, breathing, and muscular action, all of which promote balance.
- Maintain Bone Health
When bones are weak, they are more prone to breaking. You can keep your bones strong by eating enough calcium-rich foods every day. Getting enough vitamin D from sunlight also helps to keep your bones strong.
- Wear Non-slip Shoes
It is critical to choose footwear that provides a secure footing on the ground and thus decreases your danger of slipping. For a good grip, non-slip soles are required. To avoid injury, make sure your shoes are comfortable and well-fitting.
Progressive Home Health & Hospice is concerned about your home health in Wichita, Kansas, which is why we offer a balanced and falls program. This program can be especially beneficial to those who have had a stroke or hip fracture, have osteoporosis, have recently experienced a change in mental status, or are taking medication that causes dizziness or weakness.
We can do a home safety evaluation and recommend durable medical equipment for effective senior care in Kansas.