Reducing Fall Risk

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.