How a palliative approach can help older people being cared for at home: A booklet for older people and their families
Falling over can cause serious injury when you are older. Falls can have lasting effects on how you get around and care for yourself. Falls can also lead to a loss of confidence.
Preventing falls is better than treating them. You can avoid falls by:
- doing special exercises that improve strength or balance (ask your doctor who may refer you to a special program or a physiotherapist)
- making sure your environment is safe (eg with good lighting and a nonslip floor)
- having your doctor or pharmacist review your medications if you sometimes feel unsteady, sleepy during the day, or dizzy
- using walking frames or other aids.
If you are worried about falling and not being able to get help, talk to your health care team about getting a personal response system (an alert pendant). This pendant can be worn around your neck and has a button to press if you need help.
Contact the Council on the Ageing for information about the ‘Living Longer Living Stronger’ program — an exercise program for older people.
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