Most do not result in serious injury, but there is always a risk of broken bones, an individual losing their confidence, individuals becoming withdrawn and depression and in the worst cases even death.
NHS inform explains that it is not only age that increases the risk of a fall, but hazards within the home and the individuals general health and wellbeing.
The more risk factors you interact with on a daily basis, the greater the risk of falling. If individuals experience any of the following health problems, their risk of falling may be greatly increased:
- Weak muscles, especially in the legs
- Poor balance, causing unsteadiness on your feet
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Black outs, fainting or loss of consciousness
- Foot problems – including pain and deformities
- Memory loss, confusion or difficulties with thinking or problem solving
- Vision and hearing problems
- Taking medication that makes you dizzy or drowsy
- Drinking too much alcohol, especially with medication
- Some bladder or bowel conditions.
Some long-term health conditions such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease can cause a number of the factors noted above, including poor balance and weak muscles, so monitoring individuals who already experience these symptoms is crucial in preventing a fall.
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