Fall prevention for caregivers to live by

In order to protect your clients from a hip fracture, wrist fracture, various dislocations (typically hip and shoulder), head injuries/abrasions and major contusions and sprains, caretakers need to be aware of ways that falls can be prevented with some simple safety measures – both inside and outside of their homes. To begin with, it is important to know just what can cause a senior to fall because this will help to alleviate their fear of falling which can result in loss of confidence; restricting their activities.
Medication can cause a senior citizen to feel light-headed – especially if it has not been taken properly. If there are troubles with feet or other lower extremities (including the various joints), this can cause a senior to take a tumble if they feel insecure. Visually speaking, it is vastly important to be able to judge depth and distance. Having regular eye exams help to ensure the risk of falls.
The first step for any caregiver is to make certain that the client gets to their medical professional if they notice that their client is stumbling or unsteady. If they have fallen in the past, it is important to find out why and do whatever is possible in order to prevent future falls.
Getting the client to exercise in order to remain as strong as possible, flexible and having good balance is truly important. Good shoes with rubber (non-slip) soles are another idea. Your female clients should not be traipsing around in high heels as these shoes are difficult enough for the younger crowd!
Tomorrow I will review specific safety measures for inside and outside of the home. As soon as a caregiver can instill these thoughts and values, the sooner they can prove that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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