Staying safe and healthy at home is likely one of your goals as you get older. However, one bad fall may compromise your independence. Falling at home can lead to serious injuries like broken bones or head trauma that may affect your ability to live independently.
Falling is not something that “just happens” as you get older- many falls can be prevented by being proactive. Here are four easy tips to avoiding falling at home.
- Review your prescriptions. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications may cause you to feel drowsy, lightheaded or dizzy at times, which could make you more prone to falling. If you are concerned that your medications may increase your risk of falling, talk to your CarePro pharmacist about your options.
- Put yourself out there. Limiting your movement because you are afraid of getting hurt actually increases your risk of falling. Regular exercise can help you prevent falls by giving you a better sense of balance and stronger muscles. Walking, tai chi or water exercises are good choices for many people of varied fitness levels.
- Set yourself up for success. Take a few minutes to place non-skid pads beneath your rugs, and make sure your floor boards are even. Another easy precaution is to install grab bars in your shower and near your toilet for extra stability, just in case.
- Make it easy for yourself. Ambulatory aids like walkers or canes can help you get around with more stability. These weight-bearing devices give you another point of contact with the ground, which can help you maintain your balance. Ambulatory aids may be covered by your insurance. Contact CarePro Home Medical if you have questions about walkers, canes or other mobility devices.