When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, you will need to make a lot of changes to keep them safe. This condition brings a host of complications that can put your loved one at risk of more than just a failing memory. Dementia care patients tend to be more susceptible to falls—so learn why and what you can do for your loved one.
Dementia Care Guide to the Common Causes of Falls
1. Reduced Balance & Strength
Many of the conditions that result from dementia are also connected to reduced strength, poor balance, and changes in gait. While everyone progresses at a different rate, you can expect some sort of decline in their ability to walk on their own. Keeping up their strength by ensuring they get enough physical activity is key. They should also have the support they need while walking, such as a walker or someone by their side to help them.
2. Medication Side Effects
Your loved one is likely taking some medications as part of their dementia care regimen. While taking their medicine is important, those medications can have side effects such as drowsiness or dizziness. Many patients will experience a drop in blood pressure when they stand up due to their medications; this is called postural hypotension. This, in turn, can lead to falls, so all possible side effects should be known and addressed.
3. Slow Reaction & Processing Times
Those with dementia have difficulty processing the world around them. They cannot react quickly to their environment. Their decision-making skills are impacted, so they may do something risky without realizing it, such as not using the handrail while going down the stairs or walking on an icy sidewalk. They should not be left alone when moving around; this way, someone with uncompromised judgment is looking out for them.
The team at The Vineyards at Concord understand all the complications and dangers of dementia, and take care to protect their residents from them all. Their dementia care is compassionate and thorough, from keeping residents securely in the nursing home to actively preventing falls. This assisted living facility in Frankfort, OH, serves families throughout Chillicothe and Ross County with the very best in senior care. Contact them online or at (740) 998-4777 to learn more.