Causes of Senior Falls

Amongst the greatest concerns to senior health is falling. Senior falls are the number one cause of injury, and even accidental death, for older adults. In Part One of this three-part series, let’s first find out what the main causes of falls are.

What Causes Senior Falls?

  1. Limited range of motion due to illness, or prior injury.
  2. Hazards in the house. This can especially happen in the event of an independent senior with limited mobility; hazards can start to accumulate around the house. Common tripping hazards include lose carpets, cords, unstable shelving, and staircases.
  3. Not getting enough exercise can significantly reduce a senior’s ability to balance and control their body. Exercise, even if it’s just walking, is vital to maintaining muscles and coordination.
  4. Side effects from medications can sometimes reduce coordination or cognitive function.
  5. Poor eyesight can often be to blame, or even poor lighting limiting ability to navigate in the house.
  6. Shortly after a surgery is the time when seniors are at a heightened risk of falling, especially if they have been in hospital for some time, and taking medications. Common surgeries such as hip replacements need time to reestablish an ability to walk normally.

Next week we will talk about fall prevention, and in the third post I will share in greater detail how to fall-proof a home.

How Home Care Can Help With Fall Prevention and More

If you’d like to explore ways to help older loved ones live and thrive at home while avoiding safety concerns such as senior falls, contact the home care experts at Serenity Home Care. We can help in a variety of ways to improve safety and comfort for older adults at home, such as:

  • Preparing healthy meals and ensuring seniors stay hydrated
  • Providing support for safe walking and transfers
  • Reminding seniors to take medications when and how prescribed
  • Assisting with baths/showers and other personal care needs
  • Taking care of light housekeeping and laundry
  • Offering friendly companionship to brighten each day
  • Providing specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other chronic health conditions
  • And so much more

You can reach us any time at 250.590.8098 to learn more about our in-home care solutions and to schedule a free consultation, right in the comfort of home. We’re pleased to serve families in Victoria, Oak Bay, Saanich, Sidney, Langford, and throughout the surrounding areas. Contact us today!