Getting hurt is inevitable, but it’s also preventable.  There are many steps one can take to avoid getting injured, such as keeping up a solid exercise regime to improve and maintain balance and coordination, safe-proofing your environment by removing obstacles that can cause tripping, and consistently maintaining your overall health with regular check-ups with your primary care physician, dentist, and optometrist.

As we age, it’s imperative to optimize your health to prevent common injuries.  Almost every year, an average of over two million seniors are admitted to the hospitals for slips and falls.

Some of the top causes of injuries among seniors range from slips and falls as well as fractures from weakened bones.  Some of the most common causes of injuries with seniors include:

  • Balance: As we age, we tend to lose coordination and flexibility, making it easier to fall.
  • Vision: Along with losing balance, the aging eye’s retina receives less light, which makes obstacles harder to see.
  • Environment: Objects around the home such as coffee tables, and hard floors can be cause for injury.
  • Chronic Health Conditions: With taking medicine for chronic health conditions, some of the side affects might include dizziness or dehydration, which can lead to fainting and falling, or even minor pain.

To prevent common injuries from occurring, one of the most important steps is to reflect on your health and environment.  Be sure to make necessary life adjustments that can optimize your health and prevent further injuries.

Some ways you can prevent common injuries include:

  • Removing obstacles such as furniture that can cause tripping
  • Secure loose objects
  • Install handrails for stairs
  • Create well-lit areas with more lamp lights
  • Get regular exercise
  • Store regularly used items in easy-to-reach places

Emergency Room Alternative for Seniors in Kent, WA

If you or a loved one face a sudden, non-life-threatening injury and you’re in need of medical care, skip the emergency room and visit AFC Urgent Care South Center.  We are a walk-in urgent care center open seven days a week treating a range of injuries such as:

  • Bruising
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • & More

We treat patients of all ages, from infants to seniors, to make sure that whatever ailment you face, we can treat it all in-house.

AFC Urgent Care Southcenter accepts many health insurances such as Medicare, and more.  We also offer low-cost care for those without insurance.  For more information about our urgent care services, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 425-291-3300.