Did you know that one out of three seniors will fall this year, but fewer than half of them will talk with their doctors about it? Falls are also the No. 1 cause of injuries in seniors, resulting in hip fractures, cuts, and even serious head and brain injuries that can be fatal. And even when there’s no serious injury, a fall can still be so frightening that seniors may avoid certain activities because they’re afraid they’ll fall again.
The first step in fall prevention is preparedness. By putting some safe guards in place, you are less likely to becoming a victim of a fall. Here are several suggestions to get you started:
Make an appointment with your doctor. Be prepared to answer questions such as:
Wear sensible shoes. Consider changing your footwear as part of your fall-prevention plan. High heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles can make you slip, stumble and fall. So can walking in your stocking feet. Instead, wear properly fitting, sturdy shoes with nonskid soles. Sensible shoes may also reduce joint pain.
Remove home hazards.
Take a look around your home. Your living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, hallways and stairways may be filled with hazards. To make your home safer:
Your doctor might recommend using a cane or walker to keep you steady. Other assistive devices can help, too. Examples of assistive devices are:
The Smith Clinic would love to help and assist you in brainstorming other fall-prevention strategies. Some solutions are easily installed and relatively inexpensive. If you're concerned about the cost, remember that an investment in fall prevention is an investment in your independence. Call us today to learn more about fall prevention, as well as other topics to keep you safe and healthy in the months and years to come!