factors to contribute risk of falls
Falls are common. when you feel unwell, there is a greater risk of feeling unsteady or having a fall. A fall could lead to broken bones, and it can cause the person to lose confidence. Older people have an increased risk of having a fall. Falls are the main cause of morbidity and disability in the elderly.
Older people are more likely to have a fall because they may have:
- Poor mobility
- Poor vision or hearing
- Lack of exercise
- Poor fluid and nutritional balance
- Continence problems
- Medical conditions
- Poor nutritional intake
- Emotional distress and depression
- Confusion and agitation
several simple measures that can help prevent falls in the home.
Use a walking aid when walking around . keep it within easy reach. If you wear glasses or a hearing device, make sure they are in working order. Always keep them with you. Drink plenty of fluids. Do exercises to improve your strength and balance. Visual impairment is an important risk factor for falls. Make sure all rooms, passages, and staircases are well lit. Avoid alcohol or reduce the amount you drink can reduce your risk of having a fall.