It is important as we age, to pay attention to our surroundings and our health. As we get older, our chance of falling and getting injured increases. Falls often occur due to a medical or environmental hazard or a combination of both. Here are some facts about fall risks and how assisted living communities in Bradenton Florida help minimize them.
Fall Risks & How to Minimize Them
- Vision & Hearing: Bradenton assisted living communities work with their residents to make sure that every precaution is taken to help reduce fall risks. Did you know? Even a slight change in vision or hearing might have an impact on stability. At Westminster Point Pleasant, we recommend regular visits to the eye doctor and audiologist to aid in the prevention of falls.
- Blood Pressure: Blood pressure variations could cause falls due to fainting or light-headedness. It’s possible to assess this risk by measuring our resident’s blood pressure while sitting and seeing if it declines when they stand.
- Medication: It is important to talk to your doctor and pharmacist about the medications you are on. There may be side effects that can increase your chances of falling. If you are aware that you are at a higher risk, then you can take proper precautions to lower your environmental risk factors.
- Medical Risks: Infections, illnesses, and other medical issues might make you feel weak or unbalanced, resulting in falls. It is important to let the staff and your physician know if you are feeling under the weather. They can help ensure that it is nothing serious and help you identify what steps you should take to stay safe and improve your overall well-being.
- Vitamin D: A vitamin D deficiency can weaken bones and increase the risk of falling. Seniors who spend a lot of time indoors and have low vitamin D levels may be at a higher risk than their peers who have normal vitamin D levels.
Our staff at Westminster Point Pleasant in Bradenton Florida is here to help ensure that our assisted living communities are clear of environmental fall risks. We also help work with the seniors living in our community and their families to identify any fall risks and do everything we can to help prevent them.