Fall proof your home - Fall Prevention Series 4/5
In the last couple of blogs I have reviewed why so many older adults fall and the best leg and balance exercises to prevent a fall. This week I want to cover some common sense methods to help to fall proof your home. There are many home hazards that can increase your risk for a fall.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you have any broken or uneven steps in the interior or exterior of your home?
- Do you have throw rugs in front of your sink or at the top or bottom of steps (they are especially risky if they are starting to curl at the ends)
- Is there a lot of clutter in your home that could be easily tripped over?
- Do you have handrails along stairs and in your bathroom?
- Do you try to change light bulbs using an unsteady stool?
- Do you have a grab bar in your tub/shower?
- Do you check your medications regularly?
- Medications that relax you, help you sleep, or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling
- Use only 1 pharmacy and never take someone else’s medications
- Alcohol affects medication – be careful
- Do you pay close attention when walking outdoors (especially for curbs and uneven stones)?
- Do you have your vision checked every year?
- Do you check your footwear regularly to make sure that they still have enough grip?
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