Falls are accidents, but for seniors, a fall can have a detrimental impact on daily life. Luckily there are some things you can do to help prevent falls as much as possible. Here are 4 Things YOU Can Do to Help Prevent Falls and remain aging in place:
One of the best ways to prevent falls is to practice daily exercises to strengthen your core. Your core muscles — the ones surrounding your pelvis, abdomen, lower back and hips — are what helps 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.
Are you in a wheelchair? No problem! These 4 Exercises You Can Do in Your Wheelchair are a great way to still exercise (provided your doctor approves them for you).
2. Use Mobility Devices
Using a mobility device, such as a Hoveround Power Wheelchair doesn't mean you are “old” or incapable. It's a tool to help you remain aging in place and doing the things you want to do! For example, having a Hoveround Power Wheelchair can help to prevent falls that could cause you to end up in the hospital or require you to enter a skilled nursing facility. (And since the cost of a Hoveround is typically less than the cost of an average one-night hospital stay, you would be saving money in the long run while retaining your independence!)
Hoveround's mobility devices help you continue to do what you've always done, making mobility easier while reducing the chance for falls.
3. Home Modifications
One of the most important things to do for fall prevention is to make home modifications for safely “Aging in Place”. Most seniors who move to assisted living communities do so after a fall, so by making slight changes to your home, you can help prevent those falls and remain in your home! Finding ways to make it easier to get out of bed, use the bathroom, take a shower, cook and go up and down stairs means there will be fewer opportunities for falls or serious injury.
Check out our handy guide to home safety solutions by room, where you can read about modifications you can do to your bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen and more.
4. Simple Home Fixes
Did you know there are some simple things you can do around your home to help prevent falls? Try looking at your home with a fresh eye: What kind of hazards are there? Things such as area rugs may be pretty and decorative, but also pose a potential risk. These 5 Tips to Help Prevent Falls in the Home will help you navigate any changes you'll need to make. They're simple modifications that everyone should make and have a huge impact on fall prevention.
Make sure all those things on the “honey-do” list are fixed; such as broken light bulbs, loose floorboards, missing handrails and anything else that could pose a trip hazard. It may mean getting someone to help you rearrange furniture or reorganize your kitchen cupboards, but it will make life easier.
When it comes to fall prevention, Hoveround can help — in many ways. A Hoveround Power Wheelchair is different than other power wheelchairs. Call our Mobility Specialists today at (800) 542-7236 to find out the best solution for your mobility needs!