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Reduce Falls in Your Home

Dec 01, 2017 08:30AM ● By Jason Huddle

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“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” It’s a commercial that’s been taken lightly, but falls are a serious concern, especially for our loved ones in the senior age category.

Currently, about 10,000 people turn 65 each day in the U.S. With that comes a rise in cost.

As a local medical equipment provider, we hear stories from our customers every day. Most involve ambulance transport, hospital stay with surgery and weeks of rehab at a nursing home afterwards. And, unfortunately, in some stories, the loved one never makes it home.

Gravity exists; therefore, falls will occur. There are ways to significantly reduce the risk of falls in your home, however. Here are some actions to take and products that will help to reduce falls in your home.

• Remove trip hazards.

• Keep your floors free of clutter.

• Avoid reaching for your things.

• Schedule a yearly eye exam.

• Discuss falls with your doctor.

• Ask your pharmacist which medications cause dizziness.

• Increase physical activity.

• Do not stay home because you think you will fall.

• Wear proper footwear.

• Light it up at night.

• Fall-proof your bathroom.

• Use mobility assistive devices.

• Consider a personal emergency response system.

There are many things to consider when working to reduce falls. Please take action now with yourself or your senior loved ones. Don’t become the one out of four senior adults who fall each year.

If you need help selecting products for your specific situation, we invite you to come by our 2,500-square-foot medical equipment showroom. We have product displays and a large stock of items. You can try it before you buy it. Together, we will do our best to keep you or your loved ones safe from falls.

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