Although it's important to be aware of slippery sidewalks, driveways and parking lots, it's equally important to protect against falls inside your home. Don't wait until it's too late to help your parents and older adult loved ones "fall-proof" their living space, whether they live in a single family home or in an independent or assisted living apartment.
Falls can cause serious injuries for older adults, which is why Presence Life Connections has developed this handy fall prevention guide with steps you can take now to avoid a fall.
- Increase the lighting in work and living spaces in order to see better. Keep a night light on.
- Remove articles that rest on the floor that someone could trip on such as rugs, footstools or grandchildren's toys.
- Don't want to get rid of your rugs? Secure them with double-sided tape.
- Install hand rails on stairs
- Use grab-bars and non-slip mats in bathtubs and showers.
- Wear sturdy shoes with thin, non-slip soles instead of running shoes with thick soles. Avoid slippers.
- Begin an exercise program to strengthen the body. Perform exercises that involve range of motion and isolation of different movements. ?
- Restrict pets to certain areas of the house.
- Review all the medications being taken with a physician.
- Get routine eye and ear exams to catch any deficits.