Belpre, Ohio
400 Main St, Belpre, OH 45714
(740) 373-7125
Would you like to save Belpre, Ohio as your Comfort Keepers location?
400 Main St, Belpre, Ohio 45714

Are you interested in becoming a caregiver?
Apply Now »

Falls: Risk Factors & Prevention Strategies

Comfort Keepers In-Home Care in Belpre, Ohio.

Let Us Make Your Loved One Smile

Providing In-Home Care in Parkersburg, WV

We simplify the process for you:

Virtual or In-Home Assessment

Care Plan Creation with the Client Care Coordinator

Assigned a Care Team

Call for a Virtual or In-Home Assessment

Every year, 3 million seniors are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries. And, falling once doubles someone’s chances of falling again.

Preventing accidents in the home, including falls, is one of the most important planning strategies for helping seniors in Parkersburg stay independent. Fractures, head trauma, and other injuries can cause long-term mobility issues and have lasting physical effects. And, once an injury occurs, it can affect someone’s ability to live the way they want and enjoy the same lifestyle and activities. Health issues that occur more often as we age can also make seniors more likely to fall. These risk factors include:

  • Muscle weakness 
  • Heart disease 
  • Parkinson’s disease 
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia 
  • Malnutrition 
  • Low blood pressure 
  • Poor vision 
  • Ear infections or inflammation 
  • Pain or sensitivity in the legs or feet

Reducing the Likelihood of a Fall

There are some precautions that seniors and their families can take to reduce the likelihood of a fall. Evaluating risk factors and taking preventative measures in a way that considers the unique lifestyle, needs, and health of a senior can help. 

  • Minimize trip hazards – Some fall hazards are obvious; flights of stairs, slippery shower floors, or cords that are too far from a wall outlet. But there are less obvious features that can be an issue for someone with dizziness or vision loss. These can include loose rugs, certain types of carpeting, dimly lit hallways, or a dog toy in the middle of the floor. Removing the hazard or installing safety devices, like grab bars and brighter light bulbs can help. 
  • Evaluate footwear – Footwear that has an open back that doesn’t fit properly is worn out, or has a slippery bottom can all contribute to tripping or balance problems. There are a variety of safe shoe options to fit any activity and personal style…safe shoes don’t have to be boring! Precautions Continued: 
  • Know the effects of medication – Seniors and their families should talk to a healthcare professional about how a person’s specific medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – can have side effects that cause dizziness or balance issues. 
  • Nutrition and exercise – Having healthy habits when it comes to diet and exercise can prevent weakness in the legs and feet, and can reduce pain. Seniors should always talk to their doctor about any diet and exercise plan and can ask specific questions about how these things affect their fall risk factors. 
  • Focus on mental health – Studies show that there is a correlation between depression in seniors and falls. According to one report, “both depression and fear of falling are associated with impairment of gait and balance.” Positive mental well-being can improve many areas of a senior’s life, and reduced fall risk is another benefit. Connecting with loved ones, finding a sense of purpose, engaging in enjoyable activities, and experiencing joy can improve physical and mental quality of life. 

Some families only think about fall prevention after a loved one is hurt. Taking precautions before an accident happens can help seniors maintain their physical health and their independence.

How Comfort Keepers Parkersburg Can Help

For every client, our Comfort Keepers team does a thorough home evaluation to minimize hazards in the home – including fall risk evaluation. Our caregivers can help with mobility issues, provide transportation to scheduled appointments, and support physician-prescribed exercise regimens and diets. And, our goal is to elevate the spirits of our clients and their families every day. As part of an individualized care plan, caregivers can also help with activities like cooking, cleaning, and physical care. Whether a senior is recovering from a fall or needs help with fall prevention, we can provide services to help. To learn more about our in-home care services in Parkersburg, contact Comfort Keepers at (740) 373-7125 today!