April showers may bring the joy of May flowers, but the rainy season also poses a greater risk of slips and falls.
Experiencing a springtime slip or fall can be particularly worrisome for older adults. One out of four adults over the age of 65 will fall each year in the United States. Some falls only result in minor injuries, but others lead to serious injuries that require long-term recovery.
Although falling is common, it is preventable. Keep yourself or older loved ones safe from dangerous slips and falls during the rainy spring season with these fall prevention tips:
#1: Wear proper footwear
Footwear has a big role to play in preventing slips, trips, and falls. High heels, floppy sandals, and loose-fitting slippers can change your gait and put you at risk.
Make sure you’re wearing well-fitting, sturdy shoes with non-skid soles when you go outdoors, especially during the rainy season. When you come back inside, dry your shoes on a doormat to avoid slipping. Finally, remember to replace your shoes when the soles are worn and smooth.
#2: Be ready for wet weather
Slips, trips, and falls tend to be more frequent in rainy weather, so be prepared to take extra steps to stay safe. For example, consider doing your errands while it’s still light out so you can easily spot puddles and slippery floors. Watch your step and avoid walking on uneven surfaces or on wet grass. When walking up and down stairs, be sure to use the handrails and don’t carry things that can obscure your vision.
#3: Keep moving
You can take proactive steps to prevent falls during the spring and all year long! Regular exercise improves strength, flexibility, and posture, which in turn helps with balance and coordination. At Bethany Village, we’re proud to offer evidence-based fall prevention and balance programs in addition to exercise classes focused on strength and mobility. One of our most popular classes is chair yoga, which accommodates any pace and lifestyle.
Fall Prevention in Assisted Living Communities
If you’re concerned about an older loved’s risk of falling, moving to an assisted living community can help enhance their safety and well-being. Assisted living communities are designed with fall prevention in mind, offering wide hallways, non-skid surfaces, well-lit spaces, and safety features like built-in grab bars in bathrooms.
To find out more about assisted living and if it’s right for your family, take this short, 4-5 minute survey.
When you’re ready to take the next step and tour the assisted living options at Bethany Village, please contact us today. We’d be happy to meet your family and answer your questions!