Certain things get tougher as people enter senior age, and one of these is general balance. Falls become much more common for people advancing in age – one in three older Americans falls every year, and falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people over the age of 65.
At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, our safety tubs are designed to decrease the potential for falls, particularly in the bathroom – the most common location for these falls. On top of considering installing one of our safety bathtubs, here are several fall-related areas to pay attention to if you’re acting as the caregiver for a loved one.
As humans age, it’s natural for our bodies to begin to lose certain parts of our coordination. Flexibility and balance are the two most common areas that go, and the primary cause is often inactivity that comes with aging – as our bodies grow less and less used to doing these tasks, it becomes less capable. As a caretaker, look for signs of balance beginning to wane, and recognize the signs.
Another common part of the aging process involves problems with the eyes. Vision comes via light that hits the retina and then is processed into images – during advanced years, less light is able to reach the retina. This makes contrasting images, tripping hazards and various obstacles harder to see, especially those that are on the floor and further away. If you’re caring for a senior with vision issues, consider their field of vision and be careful with nearby objects.
Certain prescriptions can cause dizziness, dehydration or other interactions that can make a fall more likely. If this is happening regularly, consider whether a senior is receiving the proper medications.
Most seniors have lived in their home for a long time, and may not have considered how simple home upgrades can lower their risk of a dangerous fall. Consider researching and suggesting these.
Over 90 percent of older adults have some chronic condition, and these can result in lost function, inactivity, pain or medications. Always consider how these elements increase fall risk, and respond accordingly.
To learn more about senior safety or to consider a walk-in tub that can have a major effect on fall risk, speak to the pros at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.