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How to Prevent Falls?

As a caregiver, it is important to know the steps you can take to help prevent your elderly loved ones from suffering a fall. Here are some tips provided by Ms Heng Wan Xu an, Physiotherapist at the Falls and Mobility Clinic, Department of Physiotherapy, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group.

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What Caregivers Can Do to Help Prevent Falls

1. Be Mindful of Medications and Side Effects

Properly managing your loved one’s medical condition and making sure that he or she takes medication on time contributes to fall prevention. Also, take note of medicines or combinations of medicines that cause side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness. Taking more than 4 medicines pose a risk of falls for the elderly. If your loved ones are taking more than 4 medicines, do get a doctor in charge to review the medication.

Continue reading to learn 5 more tips on how to prevent falls.


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