It’s common for many of us to take several medications at once throughout the day. While they help us live a healthier life, some have side effects that can increase your risk of falling. In fact, medication-related falls are a real problem in the senior community. We’ve all been there or know someone who has. One fall leads to an injury or other complications that take away from the vibrant life you want.
But with the right knowledge, you can take action and lower your medication fall risk. You shouldn’t have to worry about the medicine that helps you live a fuller life causing complications in the form of a fall. In this post, we’re going to show you which medications to look out for and how you can reduce your risk for medication-related falls.
When it comes to medication-related falls, there are three types of medicines that can increase your risk of falling. They are:
All of these medications have a direct impact on increasing the risk of falling. Think back to the last time you felt dizzy or lightheaded. In this state, it’s naturally harder to keep your balance. General tiredness creeps into your body as you almost feel like you’re in a haze or underwater. All it takes is one stumble to cause a fall. And since your body has a slower reaction time when you’re feeling these effects, the chance of catching yourself also goes down.
If you’ve been prescribed a medication that hits any of the areas above, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about possible side effects. Lowering your risk of medication related falls is all about being prepared and recognizing side-effects.
For starters, have your medications reviewed each year to identify your personal risk for falling. It’s important that you’re proactive about this. If you’re a senior, just mentioning you’re concerned about falling to your doctor should be enough to start the conversation. You have the power to reduce medication fall risk. Here are a few prevention tips to keep in mind:
If you’re concerned about a particular medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. There could be an alternative that might have less severe side effects for you to manage. It may seem like a hassle at first, but it’s much more convenient than dealing with a fall.
Don’t skip doses or take more than the recommended amount of any medication. Your body becomes used to having a certain level of medication in your system. A sudden increase or decrease in potency can actually increase your risk of experiencing side effects. You can help prevent medication related falls by staying on a consistent medication schedule. A pill organizer can help you become more consistent with your medication management.
It might sound simple, but you can limit your medication fall risk by spending less time on your feet – in other words, by taking your medication at night. Having a medication that increases fall risk won’t matter as much if you’re in bed for eight hours right after you take it. But before you make changes to your schedule, be sure to talk to your doctor.
At Western Home Communities, your health and wellness are some of our top priorities. From medication management to vibrant senior activities, we combine convenience with purposeful living. Learn more about the senior living options we have to offer and contact our senior living team today.