Lowering the chance of a fall at home

Alan Wu

October 5, 2010

There are three significant factors that contribute to a fall at home, such as changes in vision, balance and the inner ear, according to El Paso Inc, and one-third of seniors fall each year due to one of these physical disabilities.

Not only can a fall result in permanent injury, it may lead to detrimental changes in lifestyle.

"A fall is one of the most common events threatening the independence of older adults," Andrew Dentino, M.D., director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at Texas Tech University Health Science School of Medicine, told the news provider.

He added that medical complications that occur after a fall are the leading cause of death in both senior men and women. Dr Dentino claims that exercises which build balance, as well as wearing hip protectors, can reduce the chance and consequence of a fall.

Family members can also play a role in making sure that an older adult is living safely. By whispering behind the senior, one can determine whether he or she requires a hearing aid. It may also be important to check a residence for potential obstacles.

Additionally, caregivers could consider using a senior alert system. This device allows seniors to immediately contact family or a hospital in the case of an emergency.