Many of our patients have an increased fall risk because of their weakened condition. Statistics show that one in three adults aged 65 and over fall each year. Our nurse will thoroughly educate you on ways to decrease your risk of falling in your home. After surveying your condition and physical abilities, the nurse will be able to further determine your weakest areas, parts of the home that may need rearranged to offer you better mobility, and whether or not therapy is an option for your recovery.
There are many simple steps you can take to decreasing your risk of a fall. These include:
- Improving balance and strength
- Reducing tripping hazards
- Add grab bars in the bathroom
- Use nonslip mats
- Install railings by the stairs
- Improve lighting
- Avoid throw rugs
Your nurse will also monitor your reactions to medications, as some side effects commonly include dizziness or drowsiness. If you have any adverse responses, they will report it to your doctor immediately so that an adjustment can be made.
As your home health provider, we do not wish to see you fall and end up back in the hospital. Our goal is to eliminate falls in the home and get you on a path to safer and more confident mobility.