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.
- 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.