As the leading cause of fatal injury in older adults, falls are a significant health concern for loved ones.
For many caregivers, the thought of their loved one tripping, and falling in an unfamiliar place where help may not be readily available is their worst nightmare. Despite the dangers of falling, there are many simple safeguards you can put in place to help your loved one walk safely in their community.
- Invest in a pair of sturdy, comfortable non-slip shoes for your loved one to wear while walking.
- Take a walk with your loved one to map out a path that is paved and level. This can help ensure your loved one isn’t tripping over curbs or falling on uneven pavement.
- Talk with neighbors in the community about your loved one’s walking routine to see if they’d be willing to serve as checkpoints for them if they needed assistance. This can engage your loved one in their community and ensure they have someone to turn to if they need help.
- Consider purchasing a medical alert device for your loved one to wear on their walks. If your loved one does fall on their journey, they can call for help with the press of a button.