When you consider fall prevention for an older loved one, it’s likely you think about hazards around the house or strength and mobility exercises to improve balance. However, did you know that one of the most common causes of increased fall risk in older adults are adverse reactions to medications?
To guard against this, it is recommended to speak with the older adult’s physician and ask for a comprehensive medication review. During the review, the physician will identify medications that can increase fall risk in seniors, and she or he will work with the senior to try to reduce or eliminate these medications when possible.
There are three primary categories of prescription medications that can contribute to an increased fall risk in older adults. They are:
If an older loved one is currently taking a prescribed or over-the-counter medication that may fall into one of these categories, set up an appointment with the senior’s physician for a medication review. This will help determine if any of the medications can be stopped, switched or reduced.
Prior to the appointment, be sure to create a comprehensive list of both over-the-counter and prescription medications the older adult takes with any regularity. In addition to the names of the medications, note the dose and frequency. Take this list along to the senior’s appointment so that the physician can review each medication, looking not only for those that may increase fall risk, but also any that may cause adverse reactions when taken together. Additionally, ask the physician the following questions about each medication on the list you have compiled:
To help ensure an older loved one is safe and taking medications as prescribed, the in-home care experts at Visiting Care Giving Services can help. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team can offer medication reminders and watch for any adverse side effects that may place the older adult at risk. In addition, we can provide a thorough assessment of the home to reduce the risk of falls and encouragement to participate in physician-recommended exercises to help maintain strength and balance. We offer a variety of medical and non-medical home care services from companion care to private duty nursing and everything in between.
To learn more about how our elderly care in St. Charles, MO is trusted by families throughout the area, contact us today at (636) 493-9058. For a full list of all of the communities where we provide care, please visit our Service Area page.