Falls are a significant concern for seniors, as they can lead to severe injuries, loss of independence, and a decline in overall quality of life. At Tapestry Senior Living, we prioritize our residents' safety and well-being by taking proactive measures to minimize the risk of falls. In this blog, we will explore the common causes of falls in seniors and discuss how Tapestry Senior Living addresses these concerns to create a safe and supportive environment for our residents.
Age-related Physical Changes
As seniors age, physical changes can increase the likelihood of falls. These changes may include reduced muscle strength, balance issues, and decreased flexibility. At Tapestry Senior Living, we offer various fitness programs and activities designed to help seniors maintain and improve their strength, balance, and flexibility. Our exercise classes, walking clubs, and personalized fitness plans promote overall physical health and reduce the risk of falls associated with age-related changes.
Vision impairments, such as cataracts or glaucoma, can make it difficult for seniors to see obstacles and navigate their environment safely. Tapestry Senior Living ensures that our communities are well-lit and designed with clear pathways, minimizing potential hazards. We also encourage our residents to have regular eye exams and update their eyewear prescriptions as needed to maintain optimal vision and reduce the risk of falls.
Some medications can cause side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, or low blood pressure, increasing the risk of falls for seniors. At Tapestry Senior Living, our nursing staff works closely with residents and their healthcare providers to review medications regularly and make necessary adjustments. Our person-centered approach ensures that each resident's unique medical needs and potential medication interactions are carefully considered.
Environmental hazards, such as clutter, uneven flooring, or poor lighting, can contribute to falls in seniors. Tapestry Senior Living communities are designed with seniors' safety in mind, featuring well-lit, clutter-free spaces with easily accessible handrails and grab bars. Our maintenance team regularly inspects and addresses any potential hazards, ensuring a safe and secure living environment.
Chronic Health Conditions
Seniors with chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, Parkinson's disease, or diabetes, may be at a higher risk for falls due to mobility limitations, balance issues, or neuropathy. Tapestry Senior Living's nursing staff is well-versed in managing these conditions and works closely with residents and their healthcare providers to create tailored care plans. If a resident has a quick onset of imbalance, we may do a test to detect a urinary tract infection (UTI). Our focus on person-centered care ensures that each resident receives the necessary support and resources to manage their health effectively and reduce fall risks.
Improper footwear, such as ill-fitting shoes or slippers, can contribute to falls in seniors. Seniors should be encouraged to wear well-fitting, supportive shoes with non-slip soles to promote stability and reduce the risk of falls. Our staff is available to assist residents in finding and dressing with appropriate footwear if needed.
Dehydration can lead to dizziness, weakness, and an increased risk of falls in seniors. Tapestry Senior Living emphasizes the importance of proper hydration and provides residents with easy access to water and other hydrating beverages throughout our communities. The hydration stations are always stocked, fresh, and ready to enjoy. Our staff also monitors residents for signs of dehydration and provides reminders and assistance to ensure they maintain adequate fluid intake.
Seniors with cognitive impairments, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease, may be at an increased risk for falls due to confusion, disorientation, or difficulty with spatial awareness. Tapestry Senior Living offers specialized Memory Care services, providing a secure and nurturing environment tailored to the unique needs of residents with cognitive impairments.