By Keith Jones
The coronavirus pandemic modified plenty of issues, however one factor that’s nonetheless the identical is that falling will not be a standard a part of ageing.
Docs from Abrazo Well being need residents to know there are steps they’ll take to scale back their danger of fall accidents.
Falls are a number one reason behind harm for individuals aged 65 and older, in keeping with the Nationwide Council on Growing old, however they don’t seem to be an inevitable a part of ageing.
“If fall prevention isn’t one thing that you just’re fascinated by now, there may be most likely somebody in your life who’s apprehensive about it,” stated Dr. Brian Hess, Abrazo Well being Emergency Providers medical director and Abrazo Shock Hospital emergency division doctor.
As individuals age, their danger of falling and being injured enhance. After age 65, an individual’s danger of falling is about one in 4. Amongst older People, falls are the primary reason behind loss of life from harm. These falls may end up in damaged bones or different accidents that result in declining well being, isolation and a lack of independence, in keeping with Dr. Hess.
Growing old brings many bodily modifications, together with slowed response occasions and a decreased sense of stability. Many drugs, together with diuretics, sedatives and hypertension drugs can alter an individual’s sense of stability, in keeping with Dr. Hess. Well being circumstances that have an effect on older adults, resembling cataracts, glaucoma, stroke, Parkinson’s illness, congestive coronary heart failure, coronary heart arrhythmias, emphysema, arthritis and nerve harm can enhance their danger of falls resulting from ache or inactivity.
“Some dwelling hazards may also contribute to an elevated danger of falling resembling unfastened slippers, rugs on the ground, poor lighting at night time, and slippery floor areas,” Dr. Hess stated.
Whereas the chance of falling will increase with age, one can take measures to assist stop falls.
“First, discuss together with your physician. You might have to have your imaginative and prescient in addition to your stability and motion checked. Your prescription drugs could must be modified. Many individuals can scale back their danger of falls by exercising, enhancing their stability and implementing security measures at dwelling,” he stated.
Some easy modifications within the dwelling can also scale back the chance of falls. They embrace conserving electrical and phone cords out of the way in which, arranging furnishings so it’s simpler to maneuver round it, don’t use throw rugs and all carpeting needs to be secured to the ground, use a step-stool to achieve one thing from a excessive shelf or transfer objects to decrease cabinets, set up seize bars on partitions across the tub and beside the bathroom, use nonskid mats or adhesive strips on surfaces that can get moist, preserve a flashlight by the bedside at night time, set up handrails on each side of the stairway and put on rubber-soled sneakers which have low heels.
“It’s necessary to know that falls can occur nearly any time. Take just a few steps now to assist tripping hazards at dwelling, and acknowledge different potential dangers that may assist stop fall accidents,” stated Dr. Hess. “In case you have a fall or different medical emergency, be reassured that our ERs are secure locations for care. We’re involved that sufferers might not be looking for care till it’s too late and wish to ensure that they don’t seem to be afraid to hunt assist.”
Go to abrazohealth.com/companies/emergency-room/hospital-er-safety.
Editor’s Notice: Mr. Jones is Abrazo Well being spokesman.