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How to Help Elderly People with Dementia Prevent Falls

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If you’re the primary caregiver for a senior loved one with dementia, you need to take steps to lower his or her risk for falls. Cognitive deficits, coupled with preexisting medical conditions, can heighten an elderly person’s risk for accidents and injuries. However, there are several simple ways to prevent falls in older adults with dementia.

Provide Nonslip Shoes

Older people with dementia may exhibit a shuffling or unsteady gait. Always gently remind your loved one to pick up his or her feet while walking. In addition, provide nonslip, proper-fitting shoes that offer comfort, safety, and support. If possible, shoes that tie should be avoided, because your parent may trip over the loosened ties. Slip-on type shoes, footwear with buckles, or those that use a hook and loop method of closure may be safer choices than shoes with laces. 

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Install Transition Strips

Uneven surfaces or surfaces that transition from carpet to hardwood could cause your loved one to trip and fall. To reduce the risk of tripping and falling, install transition strips between the two different floor heights so your parent won’t fall when walking from one room to another. You can buy transition strips at a local hardware store or home improvement store, and they’re easy to install.

Wipe Up Spills

Slip-and-fall accidents are quite common among older adults with dementia. As soon as you notice wet areas on the floor, wipe them up so your loved one won’t slip and fall. Spills can be especially dangerous to elderly people when they happen on ceramic tile or stone floors. Falls are more like to happen in bathrooms, so placing a nonskid throw rug near the bathtub may keep your loved one safe. Installing grab bars on the walls, next to the toilet, and in the shower can also prevent accidents and injuries. 

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Victoria, BC, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Monitor Medications

Coupled with dementia-related cognitive deficits, side effects from prescription medications could place your loved one at a heightened risk for falls or other accidents. Certain medications, such as those used in the management of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, allergies, and insomnia, cause dizziness, impaired vision, unsteady gait, and lightheadedness. Work with your parent’s physician to determine which medications may be causing undesired side effects that raise the risk for falls. The doctor may decide to lower the dosage of the medication or prescribe a different medicine that’s less likely to increase the risk for falls.

Caring for a senior with dementia can be challenging for family caregivers. Luckily, there is dementia care Victoria families can rely on. Professional dementia caregivers help seniors with dementia stay safe and comfortable at home by preventing wandering, providing cognitive stimulation, and assisting with household chores. To hire a professionally trained caregiver for your aging parent, call Home Care Assistance at (250) 592-4881 today.