3 Helpful Tips to Aid Recovery After a Fall

It’s believed that around 1 in 3 older people experience a fall each and every year, but the exact number of injuries relating to falls, both out in public and around the home, are unknown. Why? Because less than half of those who sustain fall-related injury talk to their doctor about it!

Falling is nothing to be ashamed about, it’s something that happens to us all at one point or another, but some older people worry that if they report a fall they will be forced into a care home. That’s not true! Falling isn’t a sign of debilitating disease or illness in older people, it’s a natural part of ageing.

As we age, not only is our balance and eyesight affected which can increase the risk of falls, but our bones and muscles aren’t as strong as they used to be, so we’re more likely to hurt ourselves.

If you’ve had two or more falls recently here are some helpful tips for the recovery period, but please do see your doctor, too. You may be eligible for assistance around the home that can prevent falls in the future.

1. Move Forward

Recovery from a fall isn’t just about physical recovery, it’s also about psychological recovery. You may feel embarrassed at having fallen, or you may become anxious about getting back on your feet incase it happens again.

To aid the recovery process, it’s so important to put the fall behind you and not let it affect your confidence or independence. If you are especially worried, there are types of equipment you can install in your home that can help reduce the risk of falls.

Handrails around the kitchen can help keep you steady and stairlifts can make it easier to get around safely. Both curved and straight stairlifts are available to fit in with your own home environment and they can help you move on from a fall.

Don’t forget, healing psychologically can really help you heal physically, so never underestimate the power of confidence and positive thinking!

2. Eat Well

If you’re in pain after a fall, you may not feel like eating much, but it’s so important to consume a healthy diet for two reasons.

Firstly, the body uses a lot of energy when healing itself, so you need to keep your strength up. If you’re not fuelling your body adequately, it will take it longer to heal. Secondly, some foods are actually believed to expedite physical recovery. Vitamin A has been found to speed up the healing process, so eat lots of root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and parsnips that are bursting with Vitamin A.

Foods with Vitamin C also help to protect the skin, so lots of fresh fruit is a good idea, especially pineapple which has been found to reduce swelling. If you’re finding it difficult to move around, keep a bowl of prepared fruit nearby so you can nibble throughout the day.

3. Take it Easy

Recovery takes time and if you try to do too much too soon, you could end up injuring yourself even more. If you take another tumble before you’re fully healed, you’ll be vulnerable to further damage and the recovery period could be much longer.

It can take between 4 and 6 weeks for an ankle fracture to heal for example and even longer if you have underlying medical conditions that affect healing such as diabetes. Don’t be afraid to have some downtime while you recover – it’ll make you stronger in the long term.

Falling can be a scary experience, but don’t let it define you. Accept that it happened, take measure to ensure you heal well and move onwards and upwards. Don’t forget to mention any falls to your doctor, as they may be able to help you put some help in place in your home to prevent the risk in the future.

This guest post is provided by stairlifts.co.uk, a valuable resource for all things stairlifts.

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