How to talk about fall prevention
It’s not uncommon for caregivers and younger family members to feel uncomfortable talking about fall prevention. Many worry that broaching the subject will upset their elderly loved one and cause offence. The truth is, talking openly and frankly about fall prevention is often the best approach and can help you avoid “elderspeak”, engage an elderly relative in the discussion and make it easier for both of you to express your concerns.
The conversation might be difficult – sometimes it means confronting fears that your parent or elderly relative is getting older. But that doesn’t mean you should shy away from the subject. Talking about fall prevention sooner rather than later can make all the difference to your loved one’s future health.
Here are some conversation starters to help you break the ice:
“This isn’t easy, but I’m concerned about your safety.”
“I want you to live at home for as long as possible. How can I help you do that?”
“You don’t seem to be going out as often. Is there something worrying you?”