Reduce the threat of falls at home
In the U.S., millions of people fall each year, and hundreds of thousands of those falls cause serious injuries that require an emergency room visit. Here at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center , the health and safety of seniors in our community are very important to us. Our doctors and nurses are always available to discuss personalized solutions that can help you stay safer in your home.
Know your risk factors of falling
A fall can happen to anyone. Knowing what might increase your risk of a fall can help you prevent it. Your risk tends to increase with age due to the following factors:
- Reduced physical strength, balance and coordination
- Reduced vision
- Chronic medical conditions
- Medication side effects
Improve your physical capacity
Your physical capacity to resist falls includes your balance and muscle strength. If you’ve already fallen once, you might be less active than you once were, for fear of falling again. Consequently, being less active contributes to decreased physical capacity.
Instead, consider asking your doctor to evaluate your balance, coordination and muscle strength. He or she might refer you to a physical therapist, or suggest safe activities you can do at home to improve your physical conditioning.
Your vision also plays a critical role in fall prevention. Visit an eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams.
Even if you don’t think your vision prescription has changed, your eye doctor can detect early signs of eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Keeping your eyes as healthy as possible will help you spot potential tripping and slipping hazards before they cause you to fall.
Make your home safer
Home modifications, both major and minor, can prevent falls. Your doctor may refer you to an occupational therapist to learn about modifying your home in a way that meets your unique needs and preferences. The following are some common modifications seniors make :
- Installing handrails along exterior walkways
- Installing better interior and exterior lighting
- Installing handrails in the bathtub and next to the toilet
- Using a non-slip bathtub mat and shower chair
- Removing area rugs and clutter from the floor
- Rearranging furniture to widen walking areas
- Removing elevated thresholds from doorways
Patients of all ages will find the superior, patient-centered care they deserve at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Our senior care services include inpatient and outpatient programs for physical rehabilitation. You can request a referral by calling a friendly nurse at our hospital at (877) 888-5746.