Fall prevention and medication

an elderly lady lying on the floor reaching out for her walking stick

Did you know that if someone takes more than four prescription medications per day they are at an increased risk of falling ?

Fall prevention is essential as in many cases falls in the elderly can cause death due to  the complications arising from injuries. 

Falls are also often caused by the following, and prevention is better than cure.

    • Poor fitting shoes and slippers
    • Loose rugs/ floor coverings
    • Low blood pressure
    • Poor eyesight
    • Clutter on the floor
    • Pets
    • Alcohol.
    • Cognitive impairment such as alzheimers

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Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference