Reducing the risk of falls

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There are many things that we can do in and around our homes to decrease the likelihood of falls and make the environment safer for everyone. Try these tips in your own living space. If you need additional help assessing or modifying your home for safety, consider hiring an occupational therapist.

General safety

  • Wear footwear with non-slip soles at all times, inside and outside.
  • Be mindful of clothing with low or dangling fringes or hems that can cause tripping.
  • Wear clothing that doesn’t interfere with your mobility.
  • Sit down rather than stand on one leg when dressing.
  • Rise slowly. Do ankle pumps (alternating between toes pointing up and then down) before standing if you have been sitting for a while.
  • Use chairs with armrests to assist you in rising.
  • Stand up, stop and get balanced before you start walking.
  • Always walk slowly and upright. Avoid rushing or hasty movements.
  • Know where pets are before getting up.
  • Turn lights on to see clearly.
  • Use a walker, cane or other ambulatory aids when you’re up and moving around.
  • Use ambulatory aids properly.
  • Don’t raise your arms above your head when walking.
  • Keep frequently used items, such as cordless phones, within easy reach (e.g., waist level).
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Only carry as many things as you can handle safely and easily, without compromising your balance or gait.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet.
  • To address the frequency or urgency to go to the bathroom at night, limit your fluid intake, urinate before going to bed and routinely perform Kegel exercises (tightening and loosening of pelvic floor muscles).

“Falls can happen to anyone, and the consequences are significant, so we all need to work together to prevent them,” says Schinkel. “Taking a few small steps now can keep you happy, healthy and independent in your own home.”

To learn more about safety tips for bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens, read Healthy Steps, Your Guide to Fall Prevention and Home Safety.

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Bayshore is pleased to provide information that educates you as you strive to care for your loved ones. This newsletter contains information about falls prevention. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. For more information on falls prevention, please consult your doctor.