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How is an overactive bladder related to fall risk?

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2022 | Firm News |

Falls can be deadly, especially for older adults. As people age, they become less steady on their feet. They may need support to walk safely or may have a higher chance of falling if they hit uneven areas or walk-in less-than-ideal conditions.

U.S. News and World Report explain because of the increased risks with age, older people may also be more at risk of a fall during the night when going to the bathroom. Nursing homes and other care facilities should work to be aware of these risks to avoid personal injury claims.

Understanding frequent bathroom trips

As people age, they may have to start getting up during the night to use the bathroom. Some people also have a condition where their bladder is overactive, requiring repeat trips during the night.

Acknowledging the risks

Since people often tend to avoid turning on lights during the night, one part of the risk is not being able to see clearly as you walk to the bathroom. Another issue is you are not fully alert. Stumbling to the bathroom puts you off balance normally, so when you are already unsteady on your feet, the added issues increase your chances of falling.

Minimizing the risks

To keep yourself safer for late-night bathroom trips, you should make sure there is a clear path between your bedroom and the bathroom. You also need to make sure that you have adequate lighting that is soft enough not to irritate you in your sleepy state but bright enough to illuminate the path. A nightlight can work well.

Falling can lead to broken bones and head trauma. It is important that facilities for older adults understand the potential safety risks of residents during late-night bathroom visits.