Falls Prevention Strategies in Aged Care

23 Nov, 2023

By focusing on preventative measures and exercises, we can significantly reduce the risk of falls, promote independence, and enhance the safety of our loved ones…

Falls are a significant concern for older adults, with a staggering one in three individuals over the age of 65 experiencing a fall each year. The consequences of falls can be severe, ranging from minor injuries to life-altering fractures and a decline in mobility and independence.

While falls may seem inevitable as we age, a proactive approach to fall prevention can significantly reduce the risk of these potentially life-changing events.

Simple Strategies for Falls Prevention

Fortunately, there are numerous strategies that older adults and their caregivers can implement to reduce the risk of falls. Here are a few simple yet effective methods to begin building a safer and more independent lifestyle…

Regular Exercise
Maintaining physical activity is crucial for preserving muscle strength, balance, and flexibility. Regular exercise programs tailored to the individual’s needs and abilities can significantly reduce fall risk.

Gen Physio Physiotherapist working with two elderly women participating in strengthening exercises

Home Safety Modifications
Making simple changes to the home environment can eliminate potential hazards and create a safer living space. This may include removing loose rugs, securing furniture, and ensuring all rooms are well-lit.

Prioritise Health
Regular eye and ear examinations can identify and address any vision or hearing impairments that could increase fall risk. Regular check-ups with your doctor can be hugely beneficial as a preventative measure.

Visiting your Podiatrist
To minimise any foot issues that could affect balance or mobility and to ensure correct footwear is being worn for your individual needs, seek the professional advice of a Podiatrist.

Assistive Devices
Using assistive devices, such as canes, walkers, or grab bars. These can provide additional support and stability while standing, walking from A to B or navigating stairs.

How Physiotherapy Can Reduce Risk of Falls

Physiotherapists complete assessments to identify someone’s fall risk, functional mobility, strength, and balance ability. Physiotherapists prescribe structured and tailored programs for the management of falls based on their assessments, which can entail:

  • Strength-based exercises
  • Functional exercises
  • Static, Dynamic and Reactive Balance Training
  • Back-ward chaining (teaching people how to get on/off the floor safely if they are able)

Overall, Physiotherapy aims to prevent future falls or decrease the risk of falls in older adults, restore their confidence in their mobility and to live safely in their homes.

 

Begin Your Falls Prevention Journey!

Whether you are an older adult seeking to enhance your safety and independence or a caregiver concerned about a loved one’s fall risk, our team of dedicated Mobile Physiotherapists is here to help. Contact us today on 1300 122 884 to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a safer and more fulfilling life.

 


References

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/falls-prevention-at-home

https://bullimedicalpractice.com.au/2023/03/31/falls-prevention/#:~:text=Nearly%201%20in%203%20older,lead%20to%20major%20life%20changes.

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