Reduce Aging Parents’ Falls in Del Mar

HomeCaring for aging parents isn’t easy. And as your parents get older and more delicate, each fall becomes a more serious issue. Falls lead to many of the health problems that elderly people experience, and a bad fall can even cause death. You can help to reduce elderly falls in Del Mar with these tips.

Safe Living Spaces

One of the easiest ways to keep aging parents from falling is to make sure that they have a safe home. Hazards in an elderly person’s living space will increase their risks of falling and hurting themselves. Make your parent’s home in Del Mar safe by eliminating clutter and spreading out the furniture. Elderly falls are often caused by crowded furniture, sharp angles, and anything that could cause tripping.

Physical Activity

Another important factor in reducing elderly falls is making sure your parents are active. Aging parents in Del Mar should get involved in different physical activities. Even low-impact exercises such as walking and swimming can help. Regular physical exercise has been shown to have many physical and mental benefits. Elderly people who exercise regularly will have better balance and stronger joints. The elderly should also stretch every day and make sure to move around, even if they don’t actually exercise that day. Even the little things that get the blood pumping can help to reduce falls.

Assistive Devices

As people age, they have a harder time with various daily tasks. A home that used to work for them might not work with their new lifestyle. But you don’t need to help your aging parents in Del Mar find a new home that better fits their needs, because you can modify their current home. Many assistive devices are available to help the elderly with the tasks that get harder with age. Simple modifications, such as adding a rail next to the toilet, bathtub, and shower or placing rubber skid pads in the bathtub or shower, will make life easier for your aging parents and help keep them stable.

Home Care

If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your parents in Del Mar alone, because you are afraid of them falling, you should consider finding in-home helpers in Del Mar. Having someone to help monitor elderly parents can help to reduce falls. And the knowledge that someone will be there to care for your aging parent when you cannot be will give you peace of mind that your parent will experience far fewer falls.

This four tips are just a few of the ways that you can help reduce elderly falls. If you have aging parents in Del Mar, encourage them to get involved in various physical activities, examine their living space, and install assistive devices, and consider home care in Del Mar for your aging parents.

Originally posted 2011-09-06 10:30:31.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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