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Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults over the age of 65 years. New or unfamiliar surroundings, improper footwear, cumbersome furniture arrangements and distractions all can cause a person to accidentally stumble and fall, causing serious injury and even death.
However, implementing a few prevention practices at home can decrease a person's risk of an unnecessary fall.
Simple Steps to Prevent Falls...
Do not walk and talk at the same time. Concentrate on the task of walking and continue the conversation after you've reached a safe place.
Wear appropriate footwear. When walking long distances or in unfamiliar areas, wear flat, nonslip shoes. Also wear shoes that fit well and are comfortable.
Arrange furniture so that it creates plenty of room to walk freely. If you use a walking aid, ensure that doorways and hallways are large enough to get through with any devices you may use.
Install railings in hallways and grab bars in the bathroom and shower to prevent slipping.
Be sure you have adequate lighting throughout your house.
Install nonslip strips or a rubber mat on the floor of the tub or shower.
Remove throw rugs or secure them firmly to the floor.
Use caution when carrying items while walking.
Use a nightlight when getting out of bed at night.
Stay active to maintain overall strength and endurance.
Know your limitations. If there is a task you can not complete with ease, do not risk a fall by trying to complete it.
What Can Calvert Do?
Matter of Balance
Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Our physical and occupational therapy team can assist with making your home safer to prevent unnecessary falls, while designing a program specific to your needs.
Call us today to find out when our next Matter of Balance class is being held.