Making sure you or your loved one can maintain their balance and prevent falls as they age is extremely important in maintaining independence. Follow these practical tips to prevent falls:
- Exercise – try simple activities such as yoga, strength training and a short walk once or twice a week around your home or outdoors. Exercise gets your heart going as well as helps keeps your muscles in shape.
- Check those Eyes – Good vision helps to decrease your chance of falls. Regular vision check ups make sure nothing gets in your way.
- Medication Management – Discuss your medication regiment with your doctor or pharmacist to many sure there are no side effects or interactions that will cause balance issues or coordination.
- Investigate Your Home’s Safety – Remove tripping hazards, install handrails on stairs or grab bars in the bathroom and proper lighting throughout the home.
- Wear Proper Footwear – Well-fitting, comfortable shoes with non-slip soles should be your choice. Avoid high heals and flip-flops if you feel unsteady.
- Eat a Balanced Diet – Proper nutrition can help maintain muscle strength and bone health. Ensure you’re getting enough calcium and vitamin D.
- Stay Hydrated – Dehydration can lead to dizziness and falls. Drink enough water throughout the day.
- Use Assistive Devices – If you need a cane or walker, use it consistently. Make sure it’s properly adjusted to your height and in good condition.
- Be Cautious with Wet or Slippery Surfaces – Use caution when walking on wet or slippery surfaces. Consider using non-slip mats or rugs in these areas.
- Stay Active Socially – Loneliness and depression can increase the risk of falls. Stay socially connected and engaged in activities you enjoy.
Remember that fall prevention is a proactive effort the involves assessing your environment, maintaining your health, and taking steps to reduce your risk. Consult with your healthcare provider for personalized recommendations based on your specific circumstances.
Chandler Hall partners with Health Pro Heritage to provide physical, occupational, speech and other therapy services to our residents in Personal Care, Short-Term Rehab, Skilled Care and Memory Care residences. If you are interested in learning about how Chandler Hall can help you, please contact Patricia at 267-291-2300.