Preventing Falls and Keeping Seniors Safe At Home

Falls have become increasingly on the upswing for seniors over the age of 65 according to the latest statistics from the CDC.  Many of these falls can be prevented just by changing a few things around the home and adjusting the lifestyle of our seniors.

Preventing falls and staying safe at home should be a top priority for seniors today who wish to remain at home during the golden years and forgo the assisted living route.  Below are a few tips to reduce your chance of falling and staying safe at home.

1. Start exercising today.

Most experts will tell you that beginning an exercise program will improve your balance and coordination.  From making your

bones stronger to elevating your mood, exercising has a host of beneficial and positive results.  Try to find a seniors class offering

Tai Chi or other low impact exercise routine.  One good place to start is your local YMCA.  Local YMCA  listings.

2. Safety-Proof your home.

Go through your home and remove all the things which may be potential tripping hazards (extension cords, mats, books,

magazines, clutter) from places where you walk.  Take special care to remove anything around and on the stairs.

If you have rugs, make sure they have non slip pads underneath and that the edges are taped down(double sided tape) securely to prevent them from rising up.

Keep items in the kitchen accessible so that you do not need a stool to reach them.

Place support or grab bars next to the tub, shower and toilet.

Use non-slip mats in the bathtub.

Make sure the lighting in the home is sufficient in all rooms.

Make sure you wear shoes that give good support and have non-slip soles.  Avoid wearing socks around the house.  Especially if you will be going up and down stairs.

3. Have your vision checked yearly by an eye doctor.

Poor vision increases the chances you may have a fall

4. Have a medical alert system in the home and use it!

Medical alert systems will not prevent a serious fall from occuring but in the event you do have an accident in or around your home, you need to be able to call for help.  Don’t count on being able to call or use a telephone.  Many times the phone will either be out of reach or you just can’t physically dial the numbers.  Your overall safety may depend on just how quickly help arrives at your doorstep.  Don’t take any chances here.

By following these safety precautions and having a medical alert system at home you will increase the likelyhood of remaining safe and independent.

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