All it takes is one bad fall to change your life, but luckily, you can take steps to lower your risk of falling.
When you’re young, a fall isn’t a big deal. You may be temporarily down for the count, but you’ll bounce back. When you’re older, a fall can be much more serious, and, in some cases, even life changing. But the good news is that falls are not inevitable, and there are things you can do to lower your risk of falling. In our last blog, we talked about what causes falls, so be sure to check it out to learn about the specific areas you need to work on to reduce your own personal risk of falling. Today, the team at Serenity Gardens will be going over a few general fall prevention tips.
What can you do to prevent falls?
#1. Keep a clear pathway around your home.
Tripping is one of the most common reasons why anyone falls, no matter how old they are. But luckily, it’s also one of the easiest problems to prevent. Make it a point to keep at least a pathway around your home clear and uncluttered. There should be nothing on the floor that you could trip over, and that includes wires, rugs, and other seemingly innocent trip hazards.
#2. Talk to your doctor.
If you are on a certain medication that makes you feel wobbly on your feet or unbalanced, then it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor about it. There may be an alternative medicine available that won’t put you at such a high risk of falling. Additionally, if an illness or injury has increased your risk of falling, make sure you visit your doctor so that they can help you get the treatment you need.
#3. Don’t be afraid to use adaptive devices.
Many people scoff at the idea of using a walker or grab bars around their homes because they believe that these devices are a step towards losing their independence. But the truth is that these adaptive devices actually help you retain your independence for longer because they help to prevent falls. You’d be surprised at how much extra support you’ll get by simply having a grab bar installed in your shower or handrails in your hallways.
#4. Keep your home well-lit.
It’s common for people to start experiencing vision troubles as they get older, which means that it’s essential to take steps to ensure that you’ll be able to see clearly enough to get around your home safely. Upgrading to brighter light bulbs could make a huge difference in preventing falls. It’s also smart to keep a flashlight by your bed in case you have to get up in the middle of the night.
#5. Use the right footwear at all times.
When you’re at home, it’s tempting to walk around in your socks or slippers, but you can easily fall with this type of footwear. Make sure that you wear grippy, non-slip shoes whenever you’re up and walking around.
As your premier memory care assisted living facility in the Dickinson area, here at Serenity Gardens, we are dedicated to fall prevention. Visit us online now to learn more.