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How to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults

Homecare Estero FL

Homecare Estero FLFall-related injuries sends one in three Americans to the emergency room each year. These injuries have been both fatal and non-fatal for adults over the age of 65. Since the bone structure of elderly adults are more brittle and fragile than that of younger adults, one slip can cause them to break a hip, joint, leg, or cause a head injury.

Although this is a common occurrence, it does not have to be. With the help of a senior homecare provider and the following tips, your elderly parent can prevent having a fall-related injury.

Talk to the elder. Ask your loved one if they fall often and if they have suffered injuries because of it. If they answer yes, there is a possibility that there could be a more serious health condition taking place. Encourage them to discuss these injuries and falls with their doctor to find out if they could possibly have an undiagnosed medical condition.

Ask about their last eye exam. If your loved one’s eyesight is far from perfect, they could be running into things, missing steps on the staircase, or fail to see items in their path. Ask them when their last eye checkup was and if they need to set up an appointment soon.

Exercise regularly. Some activities could help improve the elder’s balance and flexibility. Reducing their chances of falling. Yoga, strength training,and cardiovascular exercises are just a few exercises that can help your loved one prevent falling.

Research their medications. Dizziness and loss of balance are a couple symptoms that are found in some medications. Talk to the elder’s doctor or pharmacist to see if their current medication could be causing them to fall more. If it is, the doctor or pharmacist may be able to substitute that medication for one that does not have those symptoms.

Check the home. Do a thorough walk-through of the home to see if there are any hazards that could cause your loved one to fall. This includes making sure the lighting is bright enough, staircase banisters are sturdy, there are no loose rugs they could trip over, and a grab bar has been installed in the bathroom.

Living alone may give seniors a sense of freedom, but can also be dangerous for their health. Consider hiring a senior homecare provider to assist your parent with their daily tasks, while also ensuring that they are safe.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Estero FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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