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Helping Your Aging Parent After Their First Fall

When your parent has their first fall, no matter what the cause, you worry about them. Even if nothing serious happens, the fall itself will shake everyone up. Your mom or dad no longer feel they can carry their body around like they used to. They may stop doing simple daily activities due to their fear. The good news is there are many ways you can help your aging parent after their first fall.

Know the Main Reasons for Falls

Elderly Care Monticello, FL: Helping Your Aging Parent After Their First Fall

If you understand the main reasons for falls, you can understand more about preventing them. Some of the main reasons for falls include the following:
● Medications that cause dizziness
● Weakness
● Dehydration
● Bad eyesight
● Poor balance
● Low blood pressure
● Clutter (tripping hazards)
Once you determine the reason for your aging parent’s fall, you can work to prevent another one in the future.

Enlist an Elderly Care Worker to Help
By hiring an elderly care worker to help your aging parent, you can reduce their chances of falling. The elderly care worker can help your parent to:
● Do daily activities
● Find the right shoes for balance
● Remind your parent to do light exercise
These are just some of the ways an elderly care worker can help your parent to prevent falls in the future.

Encouraging Exercising in Your Parents
Muscle weakness is one of the main causes of falls in the elderly. The good news is there are some exercises that can help your parents to regain strength. Some of these exercises include the following:
● Standing tall and stretching
● Holding onto a countertop and holding one knee up at a time
● Walk a straight line
● Using a small pedal bike for 10 minutes a day
These are some of the exercises that can help your parents to improve their strength.

Acknowledging the Emotional and Mental Strain from Falling
Many people who have one fall, will have a fear of falling again. This strain and fear may cause them to fall again. If you talk to your parent about their fears, this may help to ease their worries a bit. You may be able to get to the bottom of what is causing their fear and help them overcome it. By doing so, they may be less likely to fall in the future.

There are many ways you can help your aging parent after their first fall. Yes, it can be scary when they first fall. However, you want to make sure you do what you can to prevent another fall in the future. By following through with these tips, you can help your parent to improve their strength, work on their balance, acknowledge their emotional fears, and more. Take the first step today by talking to your parents and figuring out a plan to follow through with from this point forward.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care in Monticello, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552.Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.

 

Sources
https://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html

Jami D. Eddy

Jami Eddy is the Administrator and an owner of Hopewell In-Home Senior Care. She graduated from Florida State University in 2005 with a major in criminology and a minor in psychology. Jami has been with Hopewell for more than 10 years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.