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How can medical conditions increase the chance of my parent falling?

Shelley Webb
Nursing
Falls don't just happen in nursing homes and medical conditions can make falls more likely, so be aware of those conditions and how they can affect balance and stability. Recent hospitalizations may have debilitated the your aging parent. Keep them hydrated and consuming adequate nutrients. Also, be aware that vision and gait problems can also cause falls. In some cases, persons with dementia may forget that they cannot do a specific dangerous task. Added awareness of these specific issues can help eliminate the chance of a fall.

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