Age-related loss of muscle mass is a risk factor for falling. Studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have shown that falling is the leading cause of injuries and death for adults over the age of 65. Every second, someone suffers a fall. With over three million older adults being treated yearly for falls, this makes falling a public health concern because of how a simple fall could be fatal. With this in mind, there is great importance in fall prevention. How does senior living in Texas take precautionary measures to prevent their residents from getting injured due to falls?
Falls can be largely prevented with the proper precautionary measures implemented in retirement communities. The most important is to ensure residents are in a safe environment and not surrounded by possible hazards that may cause them to fall over. By having regular cleaning in apartment homes, it reduces the chance of residents tripping over. Additionally, ensuring the corridors and pathways are well-lit allows for a higher level of visibility.
Another key implementation is to add certain safety features to the living space. For example, in toilets, handlebars are put in place for extra support. This allows residents to keep their balance when standing or sitting. Even small things like non-slip flooring can ease the everyday routine and reduce the risk of falling greatly.
Team support in the retirement community is vital in case of emergencies. Training the team to respond to different situations accordingly reduces panic should there be an injury, while still upholding the safety standards. On top of this, many communities have emergency call systems to promote safety and security in cases of medical or non-medical situations. If residents are not familiar with the new implementations and tools in their living spaces, they can approach the team for support on how to go about using it, so as to maximize the benefits and intended outcome. With a dedicated team that prioritizes residents’ needs, it will ensure they are always safe and secure, minimizing any risks of falling.
Appropriate Physical Activities
Regular exercise improves muscles and builds body strength, keeping joints, tendons, and ligaments flexible. Residents can do some light activities to work their bodies. Retirement communities provide state-of-the-art amenities to support residents’ health and well-being, such as having a fitness and wellness center, alongside exercise classes. If residents are not much of gym goers, even taking a walk or doing simple stretches can go a long way. The best part of it is that they can do it with their friends in the same community. Bonding and exercising, what a way to kill two birds with one stone!
Keeping Residents on Their Feet
Recognize that falling is not necessarily an inevitable part of aging; it can be prevented. You can stay on your feet and live worry-free with the support of your community. Hence, being familiar and comfortable with your living space is the most important. If you are considering a move to our senior living, do remember to schedule a tour to personally experience what you can expect from us.