Aug 12, 2015

Preventing Falls

As we age, unfortunately we may not be as steady on our feet as we used to be. Health problems and weakness due to inactivity can be contributing factors.

Falling is one of the main causes of injury in people over the age of 65.

Rate your level of risk:

  • Have you fallen in the past 6 months? • Are you ever dizzy or lightheaded?
  • Do you lean on objects to get around? • Do you generally sit for long periods of time with little or no activity?
  • Do you have a pet that may jump on you or possibly trip you?
  • Are there loose rugs in your home? • Do you have a hard time getting out of bed, off the toilet, or in and out of the bathtub or shower?
  • Do you need to use a step ladder to reach items from high places?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you really should take steps to reduce your chance of falling. Just a few changes can make all the difference in the world and keep you safe in your home.

Remove loose area rugs. Clear your walkways of furniture and clutter. Install grab bars in your bathroom near the toilet and in your tub/shower. Keep a flashlight handy. Keep items within reach at counter height. Get up slowly, be conscious of the things around you, and use your walker or cane.

Falls are very serious! They can cause new health problems, neurological as well as physical, and people who have experienced a fall are more likely to fear falling again, which in turn makes them less active leading to even more muscle weakness and inactivity.

If you or a loved one is a fall risk, our caregivers are standing by to help.

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