How To Help A Senior Become More Confident Following A Fall
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How To Help A Senior Become More Confident Following A Fall

Falling is an incident that causes many Americans to have to go to the hospital every year, especially senior citizens. However, it’s important to remember that just because it happened once, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will happen a second time.

Here are a few steps to take in order to help a senior regain their confidence following a fall at home:

 

Recognize the Fear

Always remember that a senior’s fears regarding falling are very real and valid and should never be ignored. Thinking of something like this makes a senior believe that they could lose such things as their independence, mobility, and have to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time.

 

Keep Calm and Go Slow

Consider getting a senior started in some type of strength exercises, such as strength training and balance programs. Their doctor would be able to give them more informative advice regarding this.

 

Encourage Physical Activity

If a senior is not mobile, it could be because of their overall fear of falling and injuring themselves. Not being mobile can also create an entirely new physical and mental issue for them as well. Encouraging them to engage in some type of physical activity will help them to alleviate their fear. Low-impact exercises like walking, yoga, or water aerobics may be good places to start.

 

Prevent Future Falls

Ensuring that a senior’s home is safe and easy to navigate will also help them not have so much of a fear of falling. Taking steps like installing bath mats in their shower, making sure their home is well-lit, installing grab bars in their bedroom and bathroom, and more will greatly help to improve their confidence.

 

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