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Mom has been falling more these past few weeks, should we place her in a nursing home? She is 86 and currently lives alone
Thank you very much for your question.
First of all let’s have a look in mom’s home. Are there any trip hazards? Area rugs, lots of furniture, different flooring in different rooms, stairs etc.
Secondly how is mom’s diet? Is she eating well balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.
Does mom exercise, does she take yoga or balance classes?
Thirdly, and most importantly, is she drinking enough fluids throughout the day (8 glasses of water) Dehydration is a common cause for dizziness, urinary track infections etc. all of which can cause a person to fall. This is the season to hydrate even more because of the heat and humidity.
There could be numerous causes for a person to fall, I only mentioned a few but please have mom checked by her physician to rule out any medical issues.
Irma Toce is the CEO of Londonderry on the Tred Avon with over 25 years experience work with seniors. Her years of experience in the field is accompanied by BS in social work and an MA in health management, Irma not only leads the dynamic community of Londonderry, but she is also nationally recognized as an expert in the field of aging.