Falling is something that we all take seriously. However, when we get older, we are at a higher risk of falling. Why? Scientists have analyzed several reasons the elderly have a higher risk of falling (NIH Senior Health, 2013).
These reasons are a result of body deterioration.
- Muscle Weakness
- High Blood Pressure
- Slow Reflexes
- Vision Issues
Due to the ailments above, it is important to learn Travel Tips with parent who is a fall risk. According to an article entitled "Health Aging," the six ways to prevent falls while traveling or at home are: visit a doctor, stay mobile, wear proper footwear, remove hazards, add lighting, and add assistive devices.
Visiting a Doctor
Before going on vacation, take your parent to see a doctor. This way, there are no surprises. This is also good in case they need medication. It is always better to have medication before going to your destination.
Even though your parents are older, encourage them to keep moving. They can exercise by walking or participating in non-vigorous regiments. To get them excited, try to exercise with them or suggest they involve a friend.
Wearing Proper Footwear
Make sure your parents have shoes with cushion insoles. These insoles will ensure proper alignment and less back pain. Also, make sure the shoe properly supports the ankle. The lack of ankle support is the #1 reason most people fall, even young people.
Remove any obstacles while on vacation that can cause falls. Some examples would be children's toys, flip flops, sharp protruding objects, etc. Basically, make sure your condo, apartment, etc. is free of obstructions.
Add Proper Lighting
Check the lighting before securing a condo, vacation home, or hotel. If possible, ask if old bulbs or dim lighting can be changed to new, fresh lighting. The idea is of your parents can see where they are going, then they are less likely to fall.
Add Assistive Devices
Assistive devices help many normal activities easier. Examples are non-slip tub/shower mats, toilet seat with armrests, stair railings, etc. Again, the key is to plan ahead to make sure the travel home or hotel is safe.
Ultimately, we want your elderly parent to have fun traveling but in a safe way. You can rest assure that these tips will be helpful to you and your loved one. If you have questions or concerns about traveling with your elderly parent, please contact Caring Senior Service.