Prevent Falls From Happening

Prevent Falls with these fall-prevention measures

1. Talk to your doctor about reviewing medications:
There are sometimes Side effects or interactions from medications, causing dizziness or drowsiness.

2. See your eye doctor once a year:
Update eyeglasses.

3. Exercise (with your doctors ok):
Walking reduces the risk of falls by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.

4. Wear sensible shoes:
Buy properly fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles.

5. Do a safety check on your home
Make sure to use non slip mats in the bathtub or shower.
Remove any electrical cords or phone cords from walkways.
Make sure pathways are free of clutter.
Re-arrange furniture to allow more room in walkways.
Make sure loose rugs have a slip-resistant backing.

6. Lower items on shelving for easy reach.

7. Keep your home brightly lit, especially at entrances and outdoor walkways.
Keep a flashlight in an easy-to-find place in case of power outage.

8. Use assistive devices
Use of a cane or walker is recommended to help steady you while ambulating.
Hand rails on both sides of stairways.
Raised toilet seat and grab bars in the tub or shower.