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Get To The Bottom of Dad’s Falls

Judie Rappaport
June 2, 2015

Dear Judie,

Dad (85) lives independently. He’s in pretty good shape, but fell in the shower and fell again when he lost his balance standing up from the toilet. He won’t consider help or moving to an assisted living community. I’m worried he’ll really hurt himself.                                                                  

- Al, Vero Beach

Dear Al,

You’re right—more than 60% of people who die from falls are 75 and over; 20%-30% suffer severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence.  The key is “why” is dad falling? Start with a geriatric physician for a complete checkup including a review of his medications, vision, and balance.  Evaluate dad’s bathroom: Does the design match aging needs?  Can he turn around without bumping sharp cabinet edges?  For safety, dad needs a non-slip floor, a hand-held shower long enough to use while sitting in a non-slip shower chair, a raised toilet seat, and grab bars around the shower and toilet for leverage and to steady himself.  Ask dad’s physician for a prescription for insurance reimbursement for those items (if applicable) and about restorative programs for increased strength and better balance.

 

Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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