Falls are the leading cause of injury among the elderly in Singapore. According to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, these falls mostly occur due physical deterioration and physical hazards – factors that could be prevented or better managed with the help of a physiotherapist. In this article, we explore the different ways in which physiotherapy helps prevent falls among the elderly.
A. Home improvement plans
During an in-home physiotherapy session, the physiotherapist may identify the safety hazards in the home environment, and suggest some home improvements to allow the elderly to move around with greater ease and safety. Some of these suggestions may include clearing clutter, implementing non-slip mats in wet areas, and installing better lighting in areas where the elderly moves around in.
B. Physical exercises
As our parents age, their muscle strength and balance begin to deteriorate, increasing the likelihood of falls. A physiotherapist can help to prevent this by training specific parts of the body with targeted exercise. Targeted exercise helps to improve muscle strength and sense of balance in the elderly, making them less prone to falls.
C. Walking aids
Some elderly people choose to avoid physical movement due to physical frailty, causing even further physical deterioration and increasing the likelihood of falls. Aside from physical exercises, a physiotherapist may prescribe walking aids to keep the elderly physically active, and to prevent further weakening of the body.
Be proactive in preventing falls from happening to your ageing parent.
Call 626-515-00 to arrange for a physiotherapy session at just $150 today!