Add To Favorites In PHR
Tips to help prevent falls
Livingston County News - 10/19/2017
they are preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following simple steps for staying independent as long as possible.
* Speak Up. Talk openly with your doctor about fall risks and prevention.
* Tell your doctor right away if you have fallen, if you are afraid you might fall, or if you feel unsteady.
* Review all of your medications and discuss any side effects like feeling dizzy or sleepy.
* See if taking vitamin D supplements for improved bone, muscle, and nerve health is right for you.
* Keep moving. Activities that strengthen your legs and help your balance (like Tai Chi or even walking on a regular basis) can help prevent falls.
* Begin a regular exercise program.
* Have your vision checked once a year and update your glasses as needed.
* Keep your floors clutter free. Remove things you can trip over.
* Remove small throw rugs or tape them down to keep from slipping.
* Have grab bars next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
* Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
* Improve lighting in your home to see better.
* Have handrails and extra lighting put in stair cases.
* Wear shoes both inside and outside of the house. Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers, unless they have a skid-proof sole.