We all know that falls can be dangerous for your aging parent, but do you know why? As we age, the natural padding on the heels and balls of our feet become more worn out. In addition, arches can also become flatter and as a result, less flexible. That is why it’s so important to choose the right pair of anti-slip shoes for your aging parent. Shoes aren’t just a fashion statement or any old pair that can take you from place to place: they need to serve your purposes well.
The Danger of Falls for Older Adults
A fall can very quickly limit the mobility of your loved ones and cause their health to deteriorate. With reduced muscle strength and bone density, older adults do not bounce back from a fall in the same way as younger individuals would. This can result in injuries to the shoulders, hips, pelvis, legs, and even head. Falls can be frightening to many older adults as they can signal the start of a perceived loss of independence.
Characteristics of the Perfect Anti-Slip Shoes
When looking for anti-slip shoes for your aging parent, it’s important to make sure they have the following characteristics:
- Cushions the foot adequately and protects it from rough surfaces
- Are easy to put on and slip off
- Provides a strong grip on various surfaces, especially the ones your aging parent tends to walk on most often
- Supports arches
- Moisture- and odor-wicking to maintain the foot at a comfortable temperature
Types of Anti-Slip Shoes
Maintaining an active lifestyle is a crucial part of staying in good shape during your golden years. Below are some types of anti-slip shoes your aging parent should own that can help them remain active:
- Walking Shoes
These shoes should be light and easy to slip on. Ideally, you should be looking for a rubber sole here. When your loved one isn’t returning for a walk with aching feet caused by ill-fitting shoes, they will be more motivated to keep active.
- Adjustable Sandals
When your loved one is enjoying a day at the beach, they will need a pair of adjustable sandals. Instead of a pair of cheap, flimsy sandals, get them one with a firm rubber sole and heavy straps that will hold the foot in place.
- House Shoes
Instead of walking around in socks and slippers, which can be trip hazards in themselves, get your aging parent a pair of house shoes that are fit for purpose. Older adults can fear falling in the kitchen and bathroom, and here is where these shoes will really come in useful.
Make the Move to Discovery Village At The West End
Does your aging parent require a higher level of care than what you can provide at home? If so, consider Discovery Village At The West End as your partner in care. We can provide senior assisted living and respite care for our residents, and you can be sure that each apartment home on campus is fitted with the necessary safety features!