Here at Aspire Home Health and Hospice, we understand that falls are not just the result of getting older. Many falls can easily be prevented. Because falls can be caused by a number of things, you can reduce your chances of falling and prevent the majority of them from occurring by applying the following guidelines:
- Begin a regular activity program.
Staying active is one of the most important ways to reduce your chances of falling. Regular activity makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Activities that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most helpful.
- Have your health care provider review your medications.
Have your doctor or pharmacist look at all the medicines you take (including ones that don’t need prescriptions such as cold medicines). As you get older, the way some medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of medicines, can make you drowsy or light-headed, which can lead to a fall.
- Have your vision checked.
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition such as glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
- Make your home safer.
About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer: (1) Remove things you can trip over such as papers, books, electrical cords, clothes, and shoes. (2) Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping. (3) Keep frequently used items within reach, to minimize use of a stepping stool. (4) Have grab bars installed next to your toilet and in your tub or shower. (5) Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors. (6)Improve your home lighting. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Lampshades or frosted bulbs can reduce glare. (7) Have handrails and lights installed on all staircases. (8) Wear shoes that give support and have non-slip soles.
We hope this information has been helpful to you in understanding how you can create a safer atmosphere in your home and take better precautions in your life. At Aspire, your safety and health is our top concern. If you or a loved one have further questions about preventing falls, or if you’d like to speak with a representative about our home health or hospice services, reach out to us at 801-292-0296.
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