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Fall Prevention: How to Reduce the Risk of Falling for Older Adults

Reducing the risks of a fall begins at home. Through education and self-examination, we can eliminate the likelihood of falls.

Safety Precautions

  1. Reaching Overhead – Put commonly used things on shelves that are easy to reach. If you must reach overhead, keep a sturdy stool handy.
  2. Picking up Objects from the Floor? Plan ahead. Move the objects closer to something sturdy to hold on to.
  3. Getting In and Out of the Bathtub – Add grab bars to the walls or use tub seat to assist with bathing. Non-skid tub mats and a hand held shower can also be useful.
  4. Getting In and out of a Chair – Avoid sitting on low furniture. Chairs with arms make it easier to get up.
  5. Walking Without Holding on to Something – If you feel unsteady without holding onto something, you may need a cane.

Health, Safety and Home Assessment 

  • Do you take four or more medications daily? Multiple medications can cause dizziness, drowsiness and balance problems. It is important to have all of your medications reviewed at least once a year by a pharmacist or doctor.
  • Have your or those around you noticed a change in your hearing? Dizziness can occur with hearing loss. Set up an appointment to have your hearing checked.
  • Have your or those around you noticed a change in your vision? Seeing obstacles is the first step in avoiding a fall. Keep your glasses clean and have your eyes examined once a year.
  • Have you fallen two or more times in the past year? Get a checkup. Falls lead to injuries. You need to find out why you are falling.
  • Throw Rugs? Throw rugs pose a tripping hazard. They should be tacked down or removed.
  • Clutter in your walking space? Clutter such as shoes, electrical cords and magazine is a safety hazard. Keep pathways clear.
  • Dark Hallways or Stairwells? Good lighting can reduce the chance of falling. Always keep a charged flashlight near your bed for emergencies. A nigh light in the bathroom can also make night trips to the bathroom safer.

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