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Keeping Seniors Safe from Falls

Jun 01, 2018 08:30AM ● Published by Jason Huddle

Keeping Seniors Safe from Falls

Since it’s National Safety Month, let’s touch on a topic that we all know happens, but we don’t intentionally do enough to prevent – falls. 

According to Injury Facts 2017, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for adults 65 and older. Since most falls happen at home, here are just a few ideas to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

• Keep your floors free of clutter. Get those cords, towels, pet toys, throw rugs and anything else that’s on the floor picked up.

• Use a mobility aid like a cane or walker to help you keep your balance.

• Wear athletic shoes for a good grip.  Studies show that fall risks increase in those who were wearing socks or were in bare feet.

• Keep adequate spacing between furniture so that you have room to walk.

• Be sure that your bedroom, hallways and bathrooms have enough lighting to see where you are stepping.

• The bathroom is the number one fall risk room in the house. Be sure to use grab bars, shower chairs, raised toilet seats and bath mats in the bathroom.

• A simple bed rail installed on your bed can help you safely enter and exit the bed while also helping to keep you in bed when sleeping.

• Keep commonly used items within easy reach. 

• Consider purchasing a personal emergency response system. We can lower the chance of a fall by following these recommendations, but we can never fully eliminate the chance. A personal emergency response system allows one to call for help if it’s needed.

You can see that the ideas to help prevent falls are simple. So please take action now, before a fall occurs and it’s too late!

Article By: By Jason Mortimer

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