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What is Causing My Mother to Keep Falling Out of Bed?

Posted by Ruby Cemental on Sep 22, 2015 7:00:00 PM

Many seniors have a fear of falling, for some, they have fallen before, and they know that it is painful, and for others, they know someone who has fallen. This fear is common, and it adds to the likelihood of a fall happening. If your mom keeps falling out of bed, there could be a good reason for this.

One reason for the continued falls could be what is known as, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This is a common problem among older adults. This type of problem causes vertigo, dizziness, and other symptoms due to debris (otoconia) that have collected within a part of the inner ear. With head movement, the otoconia shift, and this action sends false signals to the brain, which causes dizziness, or vertigo.

According to current statistics, getting out of bed, and rolling over in bed are two common "problem" motions. Some people feel dizzy, and unsteady when they tip their heads back to look up. Because this problem causes dizziness and vertigo, it could be the culprit to your mother falling out of bed all the time. Proper treatment will help to solve this problem, and help avoid the falls.

Finally, falls are common among the elderly, but they can be prevented when you address the root cause of the problem.

As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!

Topics: Fall Prevention