Falling Doesn't Have To Be A Part of Aging
Every year in the UK more than 6,000 people die in accidents in the home and 2.7 million turn up at accident and emergency departments seeking treatment. But, because the accidents happen behind closed doors in isolated incidents they rarely attract public and media attention. RoSPA is one of the few national voices speaking out on this issue. Accident prevention is easy, relatively inexpensive to deliver and can make a high impact especially for those most vulnerable. RoSPA campaigns for change and provides a large range of resources to inform, educate and help to prevent accidents in the home and its surrounding area.
What causes older people to fall?
Failure To Engage in Physical Activities
Adults get less active as they age. And failure to exercise on a regular basis can cause reduced muscle strength and decreased bone mass. Therefore, it increases your risk of getting out balance.
Sight impairment in older people can double the risk of falling, that can potentially lead to serious injuries and loss of independence.
Side Effects of Medication
Some medications can have side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and low blood pressure that can cause a person to lose their balance and fall.
A surgery can still make a person groggy and less mobile, and this can make it very difficult for them to get around safely.
Home hazards such as cords, loose floorboards and rugs, and dark pathways make falls more likely. Hazard-proof your home as soon as possible.
How can you reduce the risk of falling?
- Wear non-slip shoes
- Exercise for balance and strength
- Keep your rooms well-lit
- Get your blood pressure checked
- Manage your medications
- Get a vision check
- Reduce clutter
- Grab handrails if you need to
- Wear a smartwatch with an SOS feature
Falls can heavily impact the quality of life of people. Let's all support the awareness and help the older people in our lives understand that they can stay safe on their feet.
CPR Guardian Personal SOS watch, allows the wearer to get help instantly in the event of an emergency.