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6 Fall Prevention Tips to Stay Safe

January 2, 2017
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If you fall, you could incur a serious injury. As you get older, it becomes more and more important to prevent falls, because of the health implications that result from the fall.

 

Medications you’re taking, health conditions and physical changes all contribute to the risk of falling. Instead of being afraid of falling, take charge. Use these fall prevention strategies to keep yourself in a safe zone.

1. Check-in with your doc

Schedule an appointment with your physician to do a medication check. Some medications can increase your risk of falling, such as those that make you tired or affect brain function.

Consider if any medication side effects or interactions are serious enough that you should swap meds or wean yourself off of them (under your physician’s care).

Discuss your past falls with your doctor if there are any. Understanding how a fall happened can help you identify ways to prevent them in the future.

2. Move

Being physically active is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent falls. With better balance, strength, flexibility, and coordination, you’ll increase your chances of successfully navigating situations where you trip, for example.

3. Swap out your shoes

Poor footwear is a significant contributor to falling. If you like to wear high heels, swap them out for a flat shoe. Slippery shoes will also increase the hazard.

A good sturdy shoe that fits you well and has a non-skid sole is the way to go if you want to avoid falling.

4. Remove hazards in your home

Assess your home and primary living spaces where you spend time. Here’s what you can do to make it fall-proof:

  • Get rid of any electrical or phone cords that pose a hazard, and remove items from the room that pose a risk, like empty boxes, papers on the floor, etc.
  • Keep highly trafficked areas clear. So get rid of coffee tables that stick out into the pathway, for example.
  • Get rid of loose area rugs. If you want to keep them around, use slip-resistant backing on all rugs.
  • Evaluate your flooring. Are any floorboards or carpeting damaged or loose? Repair these items to eliminate hazards.
  • Reorganize your clothing, food, and dishes so you can easily reach the most-often used items.
  • Install slip-proof mats in your shower or tub. Purchase a bath seat so you aren’t at risk of slipping in the shower floor while you’re bathing.

5. Keep it bright

Think about it: If you can’t see well, you’re more likely to trip over something. So make changes around your home to boost your vision.

Some ideas include using night lights in the bathroom and bedroom; installing illuminated light switches; turning on lights before you use the stairs; placing a lamp beside your bed.

6. Get assistance

Assistive devices are a great way to avoid falls. Consider your needs and then develop a prevention plan using stairwell handrails, nonslip treads on steps, raised toilet seats, tub or shower grab bars, and shower seats.

Make your fall prevention plan today and avoid injuries that could compromise your health. If you have questions about your health insurance needs, contact InsureOne Benefits today.