Tips to Prevent Falls
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Children fall over ALL of the time, but very often they simply jump up, give it a rub, and after a kiss better from Mom they happily go off again to play and do it all over again. Unfortunately, falls for adults, and particularly elderly adults, can be a whole lot more serious. In the US around 33% of people over the age of 65 fall every year, and 75% of these falls happen in the home! It’s the biggest reason why they visit the emergency department and falling accounts for more fractures, brain injuries and open wounds than anything else – but many of these falls could be avoided. Here’s how:
- Get rid of any small rugs, or at least stick them firmly in place with double sided tape.
- Move things which could easily be tripped over from all walking areas.
- Keep your home at a comfortable temperature – too hot or too cold can make a person dizzy.
- Keep anything which you might need quite often at a handy level so that you don’t have to climb on a step stool or a chair.
- Have non-slip mats in the shower and bath tub.
- Install hand rails and grab bars around the bath tub, shower and toilet.
- Make sure that all areas of the house are well lit – not all of the time, only when you need to use them.
- Wear well fitting shoes and slippers, those big fluffy puppy dog slippers might look cute but are certainly not suitable for climbing the stairs.
- Make sure that all staircases have handrails and good lights.
- Take more water with it!!! I mean the wine of course . . .