Impaired vision can cause your loved one to misjudge their step or be unaware of their surroundings. When that happens, it’s much easier for them to fall or injure themselves.
Make sure your elderly loved one has their eyes examined yearly to keep up with any prescription changes or visual ailments that can cause them to injure themselves.
3. Medication Side Effects
Some medications have dizziness as a side effect. Other medications have side effects that can also make it difficult for your loved one to maintain their balance or avoid a fall.
If medication seems like it could be a problem for your loved one, make sure you talk to their doctor. Their doctor might consider changing the dosage or the medication so the side effects are no longer a problem.
4. Illnesses and Other Health Problems
Besides medications, some illnesses or other health problems can cause a greater likelihood of falling.
Ailments such as Alzheimer’s or arthritis can create a situation in which your loved one is more prone to a fall.
Recovering from hip surgery or a previous fall also put seniors at a higher fall risk.
5. Safety Hazards
If your loved one’s home isn’t as safe as it could be, that can be a big contributing factor for falls.
Double check that they have clear pathways through each room and that rugs and other items on the floor aren’t a tripping hazard.
For loved ones who aren’t as stable on their feet as they could be, consider adding handrails in strategic locations.