As we get older and mobility becomes increasingly difficult, falls often become more frequent. Unfortunately for seniors, even a minor fall can result in broken bones, or even worse. This can bring your independence to a premature end – if not permanently, at least until you fully recover. However, there are some simple things you can do to help minimise falls as much as possible.
Top tip 1 – Regular exercise
One of the best ways to prevent falls is to exercise everyday to strengthen your core. Your core muscles — the ones surrounding your pelvis, abdomen, lower back and hips —help you maintain your balance and stability. By strengthening these muscles daily, you’re letting your body practice how to automatically right itself, so you don’t fall.
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise to improve your core strength. Even if you’re in a wheelchair (depending on your level of mobility), there are exercises you can do to improve your fitness. Please ask your therapist for advice and check with your doctor first.
Top tip 2 – Use mobility devices
Using a mobility device, such as a power wheelchair can be a liberating experience. Think of it as a very useful tool to help you keep doing the things you want to do! For example, having a power chair may actually help prevent falls that could cause you to end up in the hospital, or even a nursing home.
Initially, you may only need your power chair for trips to the shops and walking the dog, etc. But if using a power chair still allows you to get out and about, isn’t it worth it? Independence is so important as we get older, and a power chair is a wonderful tool designed to help you keep doing the things you love, with as little assistance as possible.
Power Mobility has an extensive range of mobility devices specifically designed to help you continue to do what you’ve always done – making mobility easier while at the same time, reducing the chance of falls.
Top tip 3 – Make simple home modifications
One of the most important things you can do to prevent falls is make modifications to your home, so it’s as safe as possible. Most people who move to assisted living communities do so after a fall, so by making slight changes to your home now, you can help prevent those falls and remain at home for longer!
Finding ways to make it easier to get out of bed, use the bathroom, take a shower, cook meals and go up and down stairs, means there will be fewer opportunities for falls, which may result in serious injury. Ask your therapist about modifications you can make to your bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen and more.
Top tip 4 – Simple home fixes
There are lots of simple things you can do around your home to help prevent falls. Look around your home with fresh eyes. What problems areas can you see? Trip hazards are a common one. Rugs are a major culprit here. While they may look stylish, they may pose a potential risk.
Make sure all the things that may cause unnecessary falls are fixed, such as:
- broken light bulbs – you need to clearly see where you’re going
- loose floorboards – common trip hazard
- missing handrails – particularly dangerous on stairs.
Ask your family or friends to help you rearrange your furniture to make moving around easier, and consider reorganising your kitchen cupboards to avoid having to reach too high or stand on a chair to get what you want. These simple modifications are relatively easy to achieve and should have a significant impact on fall prevention.
Talk to the experts at Power Mobility
When it comes to fall prevention, the experts at Power Mobility can help in many different ways. We have an extensive range of mobility devices including Pride, Magic Mobility and Ottobock power chairs, manual chairs, scooters, bathroom aids, plus much more. Call our friendly team today on 07 3265 4663 to find the best solution for your mobility needs!