Falls Kill more Seniors than Most Diseases

by Mrs. D
(California)

Our Mom has taken some serious falls this past year and again a bad one this year. If she had fallen on the back of her head she probably wouldn't be here.


The thing is when people get older and they have mobility issues from Alzheimer's their gait/the way they walk changes. They begin to shuffle rather than walk as you or I do. Well, let me just say, good shoes are a MUST to prevent your loved one from falling or tripping! We thought by putting our Mom in scuffs/slippers that she would have an easier time but have come to realize that there is an inherent danger when they wear these and are in that "shuffling mode".

They can easily trip and fall.

Another thing we realized and surprisingly the care facility medical staff never did, was giving a person all of their medication and not bothering to observe if they ate well before dumping in all of those drugs into their system was another serious cause of dizzy spells which led to falls.

Another area we discovered was in the bathroom, by simply putting in a raised bathroom toilet seat it made toileting time much less Dangerous for our loved one.

The shower has no step and we purchase a good, sturdy shower chair that we use every day for bathing needs. Baths are simply out of the question as the fall ratio is far too great.

Also, we found that when dressing or undressing that we made sure that our loved one sat down on a chair or bench so we could assist with changing of clothes and when they were left to their own devices they seem to follow the same daily routine we have established.

Falls do happen but you can take precautionary measures to limit them from happening needlessly. Remember, a fall to an elderly person could mean a broken hip/bone or worse, death. Do everything you can in your power to help prevent this from happening to your loved one.

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Very Helpful Ideas !
by: Anonymous

You sound very knowledgeable on the subject matter. Our Dad recently fell and nearly missed breaking any bones.

We have already installed the lift seat on both toilets in his home and have good shower chair for him. Lots of good common sense ideas here. Thanks for taking the time to share them.

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