40% of all falls are preventable!
1. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Use a cane or walker if
it has been prescribed. Walk slowly and if you don’t feel well, ask someone to help you.
2. Get Plenty of Rest, Proper Nutrition, and Hydration
After the age of 65, 6
out of 10 visits a person will make to a hospital emergency room are a result of a fall in or around the home. (Consumer Product Safety Council)
Make your environment
safer. Get rid of anything that could make you trip and fall. These can include clutter, excess
furniture, etc. Arrange furniture so you have a clear pathway between rooms. Remove low coffee
tables, magazine racks, footstools, and plants from pathways.
4. Avoid Trip-Ups
Remove floor hazards
such as area rugs, extension cords, and/or other things that can create obstacles in your path.
Make sure you have 36 inches to 42 inches clearance in your walking path.
6. Hold On
Hold on to steady furniture if you are unsteady on your feet.
7. Pay Attention
Pay close attention to
the FALL trouble spots. Be aware that 45% of all household injuries take place in the
bathroom and 20% take place in the kitchen. Avoid falls by equipping these areas with grab
bars near sinks, toilets, and showers. Wear safe footwear. Make sure that the soles of your
hoes are not worn since they can cause you to slip. If you wear slippers around the house, make sure they have rubber soles.
Ask your primary care
physician or discharge planner to prescribe an appropriate exercise plan for you to help improve balance, gait, and muscle tone.
Keep your home well lit.
A dark home is a dangerous home. Make sure that all of the areas you walk in are
illuminated at all times of the day and evening. Pay extra attention to
areas where you frequently
walk through like pathways to and from the bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen. Keep a flashlight handy at all times in case the power fails.
Take medications as
directed, on time, and only the dosage prescribed. Do not skip
medications. Report any
side effects or negative reactions you experience to your primary care physician.
Remember, failure to properly take medication is a major cause of alls
and fall related injuries.
Follow the simple advice on the next page to improve compliance.