Fact: Each year one out of every three adults will experience a fall after the age of 65
Fact: Among those adult 65 years and older, falls are the leading causes of injury
For many people, most of their falls happen right in their home. As we get older, objects that before went unnoticed can now become dangerous obstacles. Things such as stairs, carpets, dimly lit hallways, clutter, and even small pets can cause a person to be at an increased risk of falls. Luckily, there are easy solutions to help prevent falls risks by making slight adjustments to your home environment.
Clear The Road: This means picking up any small object from heavily trafficked areas such as hallways. Pick up shoes, books, papers and other small clutter from the area. Also make sure you move any electrical cords that may be crossing your path. You can do this by taping your electrical wires to the walls.
Rug In or Rug Out: Small rugs, especially on hardwood surfaces can have a tendency to slide out from underneath your. Make sure that you either secure small rugs with a non-skid backing, or remove them altogether.
Step to Safety: Make your stairway a safer place! If you do not have a handrail on your stairwell, put one in. This will help to maintain stability and support you as your ascend and descend your steps. Also make sure that the stairs are clear of any clutter.
Let There Be Light: Make sure that long hallways are adequately lit along every room in your home. If a light bulb goes out, make sure you change it so that the room can get the proper amount of light. During the day, you can also open the blinds to let in natural light.
Clean The Tub: The bathroom can often be the most dangerous place due to many slippery surfaces that can get worse when we add water to the equation. Place non-skid rugs or place mats in areas where there might be water spillage. Also place handrails and grab bars in the tub and near the toilet to help with support and stability.
It is also getting to be that time of year when the weather outside is frightful. With colder weather approaching, the risk of falls will increase dramatically from slips on the ice. Be extra careful when walking outside and watch out for those icy patches!
If you feel that you are at an increased risk for falls and would like to know how you can help prevent future falls, feel free to set up a free consultation with a therapist at Great Moves Physical Therapy. We are more than willing to help provide any information you need.
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