Published on September 22, 2022

Tips to Help Prevent a Fall

Did you know that 1 in 4 older adults will fall this year?  And that every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall?  Let’s help improve those statistics by implementing some of these fall prevention tips from Magruder Lake Erie Sports Medicine.

 

ADD MORE LIGHTS & MAKE THEM BRIGHTER
  • Check for adequate lighting in and around your home: entrances, halls, doorways, walkways, rooms and stairways (with switches at the top and bottom).
  • Use the maximum wattage light bulb allowed for each fixture in your home. 
INSTALL HANDRAILS & GRAB BARS
  • Install handrails on both sides of every stairway.
  • Install grab bars in your tub/shower, and next to your toilet.
MOVE, REMOVE OR SECURE ANYTHING THAT COULD CAUSE A SLIP OR FALL
  • Move or remove clutter, electrical cords and furniture from walkways.
  • Remove throw rugs or double tape them to floors.  Use non-slip rugs.
  • Install non-slip strips on floors and/or steps. 
  • Keep high traffic areas free of obstacles, especially the path from the bedroom to the bathroom.
  • Do not store things on the stairs, even temporarily.
PLACE FREQUENTLY USED AND HEAVY  ITEMS WITHIN EASY REACH
  • Move items that are used on a daily basis to bottom cabinets or lower shelves.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
  • Avoid rushing.
  • Have emergency numbers handy near your bed and by all phones.
  • Ensure pathways, decks and stairs are in good repair with railings and good traction.
  • Only use ladders on dry, hard, flat surfaces and keep your body weight centered.
  • Check with your provider about taking calcium and vitamin D for bone health.
  • Ask your healthcare provider if any medications you are taking put you at risk for falling.
  • Make an appointment to get your eyes checked at least once a year after the age of 65.
  • Try tai-chi, a strength building, balance exercise that has been shown to reduce the risk of falling.

If you would like more information about Sports Medicine and Rehab,
call 419-732-4033.