If you’re prone to falls, you’re at risk of getting seriously injured. These easy-to-follow tips will help you prevent falls and stay safe even when you’re alone.
Stay Physically Active
In order to prevent falls, stay physically active. Water workouts and walking are two easy, low-impact ways to stay active without having to worry about injury and they’re an important component of senior health. Staying active improves strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. Avoiding physical activity because you’re afraid of falling only makes you more prone to falls. You may want to consider a monitored exercise program or contact a physical therapist who can create a custom program for you.
Wear the Right Shoes
Your footwear can play a big role in how at risk you are for falling. Avoid dangerous high heels, floppy sandals and slippers that are too big for your feet. Instead, begin wearing sturdy shoes that fit properly and that have anti-skid soles.
Get Rid of Hazards in Your Home
Take stock of the items that you have throughout your home. The places you frequently walk may have a lot of fall hazards. Clear walkways of electrical cords, magazine racks, plant stands and loose rugs. Repair carpeting and wooden flooring if there’s a problem. Always make sure to clean up spills as quickly as possible. In the shower and bathroom, use non-slip mats. You should also make sure that each room is well-lit and that you can turn on the lighting without having to find your way through a dark room.
3 Things to Do If You’ve Had a Fall
Have you already had a fall or fallen a few times recently? It’s time to visit your doctor. Prepare ahead of times by doing the following three things:
- List the medications you’re taking, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as supplements. If possible, bring them along to the appointment.
- Write down the details of your falls, including when, where and the way in which you fell.
- Be open to talking about your health conditions. Eye or ear problems could result in risk factors for falls. Make sure to be honest with your doctor about any health issues you may be experiencing.
Fall prevention may not seem like an important topic to some, but to people who have been injured from a fall in the past, it’s a necessary consideration. Elderly people have to be extra careful to keep from falling.