Senior Caregiver Safety Tips How to Reduce the Risk of Falling with Se

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Your parent or spouse is older now and has reached the time of life where their world becomes smaller. They spend more time at home and are less inclined to go out on the town. Home becomes almost their entire world.

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SENIOR CAREGIVER SAFETY TIPS HOW TO Reduce the Risk of Falling with Seniors

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Your parent or spouse is older now and has reached the time of life where their world becomes smaller

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They spend more time at home , It becomes almost their entire world

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WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF FALLS IN THE ELDERLY ?

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Loss of mobility As we age, joints tend to stiffen, tendons become less flexible and muscles a bit weaker

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Balance problems Reaction time slows down and compensating for being off balance becomes more difficult

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Decreased vision You just can’t see the dog in the dark like you used to

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Foot problems Arthritis, numbness, old injuries, foot drop all can interfere with normal gait and make a fall more likely

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Medications Many medicines, such as those for cardiac or neurological problems or for hypertension can cause drowsiness

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Hazards in the home Inadequate lighting, stairs, throw rugs, pets, waxed floors, cords stretching across the floor, all can cause falls

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Hazards outside the home Broken or uneven sidewalk, inadequate lighting and steps are likely to cause problems

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YOU NEED TO “FALL PROOF” YOUR LOVED ONE’S HOME

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Make a safer home with the below suggestions

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HELP YOUR LOVED ONE STAY IN SHAPE

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Exercise Your loved one will be far less likely to fall if he or she is in good physical shape

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Medicines Discuss medications with the doctor if you are concerned about confusion or drowsiness

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Vision Make sure they have the appropriate glasses and see the eye doctor on a regular basis

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HELP YOUR LOVED ONE TO STAY SAFELY AT HOME . FALL PROOF THAT HOUSE AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO EXERCISE

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