Thousands of older adults experience breaking a bone from a bad fall each year. This is according to National Institute on Aging. Simple tripping on a rug or slipping on wet floors can start a more serious health problem and lead to long-term disability. The risk of falling and fall-related problems rises with age. However, many falls can be prevented. Here are some essential tips to prevent falls.
- Placing nonskid mats, strips, or carpets on all surfaces that may get wet and installing grab bars in your shower and toilet area can help prevent slipping on wet floors.
- Keep your walking area tidy. Don’t leave books, clothes, papers, and shoes on the floor or stairs.
- Ensure there is good lighting with light switches at the top and bottom of your stairs. Alternatively, you can use a motion-activated light that automatically turns on when you walk by stairways and pathways.
- Position your night lights and light switches close to your bed. Keep a flashlight by your bedside in case the power goes out and you need to get up.
- Place a landline or well-charged phone near your bed in case you fall and need to call 911.
- Keep frequently used pots, pans, and kitchen utensils where they are easy to reach.
- If you have steps leading to your front door, make sure they are not broken or uneven and you should also add non?slip material to outdoor stairways.
- Turn on your porch light before leaving if you plan on returning home after dark.
- Keep electrical cords near walls and away from walking paths.
- Don’t let your cat or dog trip you. Know where your pet is whenever you’re standing up and walking.
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