If your senior does happen to fall, she’s that much more likely to experience further health problems as well as a higher risk of falling again. Here’s what you can do to help her to do what she can to avoid a fall.
Shoes, Especially if She’s Used to Being Barefoot
There’s a lot to be said for being in your own home and not having to wear shoes, but at a certain point your senior might need the stability and support that shoes have to offer. Non-slip soles are a great idea and the upper should be supportive without being uncomfortable. Above all the shoes should fit her properly so that she doesn’t have to worry about them slipping off or causing a blister.
Assistive Tools and Devices
Your aging family member might not enjoy using her cane or any other assistive device, for that matter. But that doesn’t mean that those tools don’t help and aren’t crucial parts of keeping her from falling. Make these tools as appealing for her as possible, even if that means you and she spend an afternoon gluing rhinestones to the body of her cane.
Personal Alarms and Wearable Alert Devices
Wearable alarms and devices can do a lot for your senior. Many of the newest models can even detect a fall and contact emergency assistance for her. Some of these might be standalone devices while others can connect with a full-house alarm system. Investigate the different options and see which ones might be most appealing to your senior and give her the most benefit.
People Who Can Help and Support Her
One of the best tools for your senior to have in her toolkit to keep her from falling is having supportive assistance around her. You’re there for her as much as you can be, but there might be times when you’re not able to be there. Elder care providers can take over for you and can spot potential trouble spots much easier than you might expect. Lean on their expertise to help you both.
It’s not always easy for your senior to admit that growing older comes with a certain level of concern around things like falling. Putting these tools in place for her might not keep her from having a close call, but they can certainly help to reduce the risk and make her more aware of all the tools at her disposal.
If you or an aging loved one needs Elder Care in Roseville, CA, remember Senior Home Care Services. Call us at (916) 514-7006 for more information.