Many falls can be prevented through simple changes to living space, routines and attitudes. Often the first step is to speak with the individual you care for to discuss several common risk factors that lead to falls. If they show any concern for one or several of these factors, encourage them to enroll in the PRIDE program. Some common risk factors include:
Balance and gait: As we age, most of us lose some coordination, flexibility, and balance, making it easier to fall.
Vision: Over time, our eyesight deteriorates, making tripping hazards, and obstacles harder to see.
Multiple Medications: Some prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can interact negatively with one another to cause dizziness, dehydration or other side effects that can lead to a fall.
Environment: Many homes have fall risks hidden in plain sight. Some simple modifications might keep homes safer as individuals age.
Chronic conditions: More than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition like diabetes, stroke, or arthritis. Often, these increase the risk of falling because they result in loss of function, inactivity, pain, or other symptoms that can complicate everyday actions.