Falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Community Nurse Home Care’s patient focused, 5-star rehab staff has some suggestions to help keep you and your family safe.
Making your home safer
- Clear out objects that can make you trip/keep objects off floor
- Rearrange furniture to have walking paths clear
- Remove rugs or use double sided tape so rugs won’t slip/bunch
- Keep electrical cords out of the way, coil or tape cords/wires next to the wall so you can’t trip
- Add railing to both sides of stairs inside and outside
- Fix loose or uneven steps, loose handrails
- Remove items on stairs
- Add grab bars inside/outside of tub/shower and next to toilet
- Use nonskid mat in tub/shower
- Have Adequate lighting
– Stairs should be well lighted with switch at the top and bottom of stairs
– Night lights-hallways, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen
– Rely on family/friend to replace/change your burn out light bulbs
- Rearrange items in your cabinets (kitchen/bathroom)
– Keep items you use often within reach
– When using a step stool, get one with bar to hold on to
– on’t use chair as step stool
- Keep emergency phone numbers in large print for easy access
- Keep your cell phone charged at all times/keep a phone within easy access in each room
- Consider wearing an alarm device (personal emergency response system)
What can you do to prevent Falls?
- Talk to your doctor/your healthcare provider to evaluate your risk for falls
- Review your medications, prescribed and over the counter
- Ask about Vitamin D supplement needs
- Exercise-do balance and strength training
- Have your eyes checked yearly; increased mindfulness if using progressive and or bifocal glasses. Consider owning a pair of glasses just for distances.
- Wear shoes inside and outside of the home. Avoid slippers. Wear shoes that fit well, have a firm heel to provide stability and a textured sole to prevent slipping.