Falls are a serious concern for seniors. Over a million seniors in the U.S. require emergency care each year because of injuries related to falls. Sometimes, these injuries lead to permanent disabilities that can cause the loss of independence. Given these grim facts, it isn’t surprising that some seniors have a fear of falling. If you’re concerned about your risk of falling or you’ve already suffered a fall, you can consult a physician to discuss strategies of safeguarding your health.
Facing Your Fear of Falling
Being concerned about falling isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it may mean that you’ll take precautions to avoid this problem. However, fear of falling may sometimes become so overwhelming that seniors try to avoid leaving home, resulting in social isolation and reduced self-care abilities. Physicians urge seniors who are concerned about falling to schedule an appointment at their community hospitals. Your physician can assess your potential risk of falling and refer you to specialists. You could work with a physical therapist to improve your muscle strength and balance, for example. Your physician might also recommend that you have your eyes checked regularly since impaired vision can contribute to falls. By working proactively with your physician, you’re likely to find that your fear of falling is manageable.
Making Your Home Safer
A senior care specialist can provide guidance on making your home safer. Make sure that all areas, both inside and outside, have adequate lighting. You can enlist the help of a family member or friend to install handrails along outdoor walkways, hallways, and stairwells. It’s also a good idea to remove loose throw rugs and eliminate clutter that might pose a tripping hazard.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital is dedicated to meeting the healthcare needs of seniors throughout North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, and beyond. We offer exceptional senior care services, in addition to our emergency care department and cardiac care team. You can explore our senior care services on our website or call (888) 685-1599 if you wish to speak with a registered nurse.