It’s reported that one out of three seniors will fall this year and fewer than half will mention it to their doctors. Falls are one of the biggest causes for injuries that can result in hip fractures, cuts, and serious head/brain injuries. Here are some tips to help prevent a fall:
- Clean up clutter: keep things tidy in spaces that are regularly used like the hallways or staircases.
- Repair or remove tripping hazards: make sure there are no areas with loose carpet, slippery rugs, or wood floorboards that stick up.
- Install grab bars and handrails: these devices can become extremely handy when going up and down the stairs or even using the bathroom.
- Avoid using loose clothing: be comfortable at home, but choose clothing that are properly hemmed so there is not bunching around your feet.
- Light it right: install brighter light bulbs where needed to fully illuminate any obstacles your house has. Also, add night-lights in the bedrooms and bathrooms for better guidance at night.
- Wear shoes: socks might be comfortable, but they can be slippery. If shoes are too uncomfortable around the house, purchase the non-slip socks that have grippers on the soles.
- Make it nonslip: prevent slick surfaces with nonslip mats in the bathtub/shower and floors in the kitchen, bathrooms, and porches.
- Live on one level: even with guardrails, stairs can still present a significant fall hazard. If it’s not possible to live in a one story house, try to limit your trips upstairs.
- Move more carefully: many falls are due to moving too quickly from a sitting to a standing position. Be sure to take your time when moving.
Information gathered from Everyday Health.