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Fall Prevention Tips To Follow

As we advance in years, the physical decline of our bodies and our existing health conditions can make us more susceptible to falls. Falls can result in serious injuries and can even be fatal. When it comes to falls, prevention is always better than cure. Learn how you can prevent falls by keeping these fall prevention tips in mind.

Fall Prevention Tips to FollowMake an Appointment with Your Doctor

You can start your fall prevention plan by having an in-depth discussion with your doctor. Write down a list of all the prescriptions, medications, and supplements that you are currently taking, and consult your doctor about the potential side effects that might result in an increased fall risk. Your doctor might wean you off medications that cause you to become tired or affect your thinking, such as some types of antidepressants and sedatives.

It’s possible that you have health conditions that increase your risk of falling, such as certain eye or ear disorders. Discuss your health conditions with your doctor and share how comfortable you feel when you walk. For example, do you feel any numbness in your limbs, experience shortness of breath, joint pain, or dizziness? Your doctor will also be able to evaluate your gait, balance, and muscle strength.

Stay Physically Active

Having an active lifestyle can help fall prevention by improving your coordination, balance, flexibility, and strength. You can consider activities such as tai chi or simply going for strolls in the park. If fear of falling is preventing you from engaging in physical activities, you should consult your doctor. You may then be referred to a physical therapist who can create a custom exercise suitable for you.

Wear Proper Shoes

Proper footwear that’s fitted, sturdy, and has nonskid soles will help protect you against falls. On the other hand, floppy slippers, high heels, and shoes with slick soles increase your risk of slipping and falling. You should invest in a good pair of shoes for your own safety.

Remove Home Hazards

You should take a look around your home to check for safety hazards. There are many things that can increase your risk of falling, including but not limited to, electrical cords, loose rugs, loose floorboards, and even stray clothing. Make sure to remove these hazards. You should also clean spilled food and liquids immediately, and use non-slip mats in your shower. To avoid tripping in the dark, you can also keep your home brightly lit and install night lights and lamps. 

Use Assistive Devices

There are many types of assistive devices that can help keep you steady, other than canes and walkers. These assistive devices include grab bars in the shower, handrails on both sides of the stairways, and a toilet seat with armrests. 

If needed, you can also ask an occupational therapist to help you brainstorm more fall-prevention strategies that are suitable for your situation. Some solutions can be easily installed in your home for a low price, such as non-slip mats. At CWI Medical, we stock many safety items that can help you make your home or bathroom a much safer space. Check out our products for bathroom safety and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

 

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