Happy Wednesday! We’ve made it to part 3 and the final article in our Fall Proof! series. In the previous articles, we learned about balance and stability and looked at specific exercises you can do to improve YOUR balance. Today, we’re going to look at ways to Fall Proof! your house and prevent a fall before it happens.
The American Occupational Therapy Association states that falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults over the age of 65. Clutter and other tripping hazards, poor balance, and distractions can all cause you to stumble and fall. The following tips can help you reduce your risk of falling.
To Reduce YOUR Risk of Falling:
- Remove clutter in your home and walk carefully when there are potential hazards.
- Watch out for your pets! They have a tendency to get under your feet and can cause you to trip and fall.
- Remove throw rugs or secure them firmly to the floor.
- Never stand on a chair or similar item to get to something you can’t reach. Ask for help or use a sturdy stool with handrails.
- Don’t use a towel bar or the edge of your sink for support. They might not be sturdy and could come away from the wall. If needed, consider installing permanent railings or grab bars in appropriate locations throughout your house.
- Use a rubber mat or nonslip strips on the floor of your tub or shower to prevent slipping.
- Immediately wipe spills off the floor and use a rubber-backed bathmat to prevent the bathroom floor from getting wet. Even a small amount of water can lead to a slip.
- Use a nightlight in the bedroom and bathroom.
- Stay active to maintain overall strength, endurance, and balance.
- Know your limitations. If there is a task you cannot easily complete, do not risk a fall by trying to do it.
For more information on fall prevention, visit http://www.aota.org/Practice/Productive-Aging/Falls.aspx
Stay happy, healthy, and N motion, AND REMEMBER…age is just a number!