06 Mar Reducing Fall Risk
Research has shown that staying active will reduce your risk of falls by improving your ability to assist in a loss of stability. There are several benefits of exercise in the aging population, including increased strength and stamina, enhanced balance, improved walking patterns, and quicker reflexes. A fall risk assessment is an extremely beneficial part of decreasing your likelihood of injury from a fall. An effective fall prevention program has been shown to reduce fall risks through a combination of exercise and risk education.
FALL PREVENTION TIPS
- Have your vision checked at least once per year.
- Regular cardiovascular and strengthening exercises will reduce your risk of falling.
- Have your physician or pharmacist review current prescriptions and over-the-counter medications.
- Wear non-skid shoes inside and outside the home.
- Install higher watt bulbs in light fixtures to improve lighting.
- Use night lights to see the path between bedrooms and bathrooms.
- Place seat in shower and use the hand-held head.
- Install handrails in the tub and next to the toilet.
- Rearrange furniture to ensure clear paths.
- Place frequently used items on low shelves.
- Be careful on kitchen bar stools. Hold onto the bar.
- Make sure loose carpet is tacked down. Remove any throw rugs.
- Place lamp close to the bed.
- Use non-slip mats or tape in the shower.
- Use good lighting over the stairwell.
- Avoid stacking objects, especially in walkways or stairs.
- Install and use handrails and non-skid tread over stairs.
Ask your physical therapist how they can help you to assess your risk for falls and help ensure a longer, healthier life. If you are concerned about falling or would like a free injury screen, please contact UP Rehab Services at one of our locations.