As we get older, falls are more dangerous for our bones and our overall health. A bad fall can reduce your mobility and impact your ability to be independent. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your chances of a fall. And what better time to implement these changes than fall prevention month?
1. Clear The Walkways
Hallways, staircases, and any high-traffic areas should be free of obstructions that you might trip over. Remove boxes, papers, cords, and decorative items. Tape down your rugs so you don’t trip on the edges. Move short furniture, like coffee tables, potted plants, and quilt racks to areas where you are less likely to walk into them.
2. Install Assistive Devices
You can purchase handrails to install in key areas of your home, including next to the front steps, next to the bathtub and toilet, or even next to your favourite chair in the living room. You can also consider assistive lifts that can move you up and down the stairs. If your mobility is already limited, a caregiver can help you safely get around.
3. Keep Exercising
Fear of falling keeps some seniors from exercising, but that can actually increase the chance of injury. Exercise is very important to increase and maintain muscle strength, bone density, and flexibility. If you feel concerned about your ability to exercise, a trainer who specializes in senior workouts or a live in care assistant can guide you while exercising.
4. Talk To Your Doctor
Certain medications can increase your risk of falling by increasing the feeling of dizziness and lightheadedness. Talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication, if one is available, or how to manage your symptoms.
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