9 Ways to Stop Falls at Home
Think excess furniture, rugs that catch your feet, general clutter etc.
2. Turn lights on!
A large number of falls happen at night, when people are trying to go the bathroom. Consider installing a night light in these places to help guide the way.
3. Mop up spills quickly, and take extra care in slippery environments (bathrooms)
4. Get your eyes checked regularly
As we get older,, which means your depth perception may be the result of a fall. If you're over 60 get your eyes checked yearly so that your prescription in right for you at that point in time.
5. Check your medication
Some types of medication can cause dizziness and make you more prone to falling. Being on multiple medications can increase the risk of them interacting and may have adverse side effects. Ensure you talk to your pharmacist yearly to have a medication review.
6. Footwear is key
Avoid walking in socks or slippers- rubber soled shoes give the most traction and are the gold standard.
7. Add hand rails to your house where there are stairs and in the bathroom
To keep your grandparents living at home for longer, install handrails in entry points, bathrooms, and along stairs or steps. If you regularly have your grandparents visit or stay over, you may consider doing the same with your own home.
8. Beware of over-friendly pets
Our beloved pets may mean well, but jumping all over grandma can be an added force she is not prepared for and cause her to fall. Keep your pets in another room when you know your grandparents are coming over the visit.
9. Improve your balance through regular exercise!
The good news is you can reverse your risk of falls by actually improving your balance. Exercise, such as tai chi, bowls, tennis, yoga or circuit training can improve your balance substantially if performed regularly. At QOL, we have been running an over 50's exercise class specifically designed to improve your general strength, flexibility, and balance. Call 9345 0842 to book your assessment so you can join one of our classes next week! The best part is it is run by a qualified physiotherapist, so not only do you get expert attention, you can claim the costs of the class on your health insurance. The majority of our clients pay between $0-8.00 gap, making it highly affordable.