Each year, more than 1-in-4 older Americans fall, making it the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those age 65 and older. Many falls can be prevented. Depending on what’s causing your mom to fall, here are some different tips that can help.
For additional balance and leg strengthening exercises, see AgeBold.com.
If your mom is concerned about a trip into her eye doctor during the pandemic, she can get her vision tested online. Call her eye doctor about this option, or consider some online vision testing sites like Essilor.com or 6over6.com. To buy eyeglasses online, some popular options include WarbyParker.com and ZenniOptical.com.
If she has throw rugs, remove them or use double-sided tape to secure them.
In the bathroom, buy some non-skid rugs for the floors and a rubber suction-grip mat or adhesive non-skid tape for the floor of the tub or shower. Have a carpenter install grab bars in and around the tub/shower for support.
Make sure lighting throughout the house is good, purchase some inexpensive plug-in night lights for the bathrooms and hallways, and if she has stairs, put handrails on both sides.
For more tips, see the NIA “fall-proofing your home” web page at NIA.NIH.gov/health/fall-proofing-your-home.