Family members or friends often support older adults with their daily activities. Caregivers can play an important role in preventing falls because they are often the first to see potential problems. They can help older adults to address risk factors and talk with their health care providers. Below are several resources to help caregivers be even more effective.
Things You Can Do
- Review tips and tools to help keep your family member or friend physically active, safe at home and how to assist in medication management.
- Look at the How to Prevent Falls [Español][中文] Guide together to learn more about the risk factors for falling and how you can help address them.
- Fear of falling is common and can increase fall risk. Work together to fill out this self-assessment to understand the level of worry, and help discuss this with his/her doctor.
- Help your family member or friend take action to prepare and stay safe if a fall occurs. Calling or checking in daily with an older loved one is one way to help.
- Participate in appointments with the older adult’s health care providers. Review Talking to Your Doctor for tips such as how to keep a health journal.
- Depression, stress, incontinence, fear and alcohol use are some examples of things that may be difficult for your friend or family member to discuss with his/her doctor, but these are important issues in developing a falls prevention plan.
- Many chronic conditions, or medications used to treat these conditions, are also associated with falling. Here are some helpful Health Bulletin Guides to learn how to address them. Caregivers may also find these guides helpful in addressing their health concerns.