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Keys to Prevent Falls for Seniors

Senior Home Safety in Boynton Beach FL

There are so many safety issues that people face on a daily basis, but most of younger, stronger, healthier adults (compared to seniors) rarely ever think about the risks that surround them. As Senior-Home-Safety-in-Boynton-Beach-FLseniors get older, they begin to lose muscle mass and this can affect their balance and ability to maintain their balance, especially if they slip or have some other incident facing them.

Falling can be devastating. In fact, for seniors 65 and over, a broken hip due to an accidental fall has a mortality rate of just short of 25 percent within one year of the incident. There could be a lot of other factors that go into this, but it highlights an extremely important factor: safety is absolutely essential for seniors, regardless of how capable they seem at the moment of attending to their own basic care.

To help reduce the risk of falls for seniors at home, here are a few tips that can help.

Tip #1: Exercise.

Most medical professionals agree that seniors should be getting exercise every single day, just as other adults should be doing. They should be getting at least (at a minimum) 15 minutes of solid cardiovascular exercise daily.

For those who may be limited with their mobility, this can be challenging, to say the least. Going for a walk outside may not be practical, especially during the winter. Getting to the mall for a nice stroll inside also may not be reasonable, especially if the senior no longer drives.

However, yoga, water aerobics, and even walking up and down stairs with the physical support of another healthy, strong adult may all be great exercises to get their heart rate elevated.

Exercise also assists in keeping muscles stronger.

Tip #2: Plenty of proper rest.

If the senior is not sleeping well at night, they will have lower energy and less focus throughout the day. There could be a number of reasons for insomnia, and if the senior is not sleeping soundly during the night, and they tried everything, including limiting their caffeine consumption in the afternoon and evening hours, they may need to consult their doctor.

Their difficulty sleeping could be related to some side effects of prescription medications.

Tip #3: Keep the clean home.

Clutter is one of the key reasons why so many people stumble, trip, and fall. Just leaving a bag on the floor in the kitchen after returning from a shopping trip to go to the bathroom has the potential to cause a serious fall.

It’s important to keep common walking areas free of clutter and keep the home relatively clean.

Following these tips may help reduce some serious fall risks for seniors.

If you or a family member are in need of elder care in Boynton Beach, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

 

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Liza Erazo

Administrator at Star Multi Care Florida
Liza Erazo has recently joined the Star Multi Care team as Administrator of the Florida branch.She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transferred to Florida in 1996 to continue her healthcare career culminating a 10-year track in the cut-throat, New York Business Development market.

She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.

Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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