Helping your aging parents avoid falls goes a long way towards preserving their health and independence. Many elderly fall prevention tips are obvious, such as removing clutter, proper lighting, and installing non-slip bathmats in tubs. But some are not.
For example, if you wear bifocal or trifocal glasses you already know that these lenses can make walking around challenging — especially outdoors or on stairs. But a family caregiver with better eyes may not be aware of this problem.
Which is why it’s worth noting the following recommendation from the recently updated Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prevention of Falls in Older Persons published by the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society:
“An older person should be advised not to wear multifocal lenses while walking, particularly on stairs.”
The revised elderly fall prevention guidelines include screening and assessment recommendations for health care professionals along with specific recommendations for older persons living in the community and living in long-term care facilities. Check out all 43 elderly fall prevention guidelines here.