By Roshni Murali, April 6th 2016
Falling puts us at risk for serious injury and disruption to daily life. Here are a few practical tips you can use to help prevent falls and keep you doing what you enjoy:
- Brighten things up! Night lights are an easy way to add light, especially in the bedroom, bathroom, and hallways.
- Wear sensible shoes or nonslip socks or slippers, and make sure that they fit you properly they can keep you comfortable and surefooted!
- Tidy up: Make sure paths are clear of electrical cords and clutter, secure loose rugs, and clean up any spills immediately.
- Store common kitchen items, clothing, and other supplies within easy reach, or use a reacher so you can reach further away without having to use a stepstool.
- Have a seat, but not too low! Make sitting surfaces higher with sturdy risers for the feet or a cushion on the seat itself. Raised toilet seats and shower chairs with handles are really helpful, too falls are much more likely in the bathroom.
And don’t forget staying active and working out an exercise program with your doctor, physical therapist, or occupational therapist is a great way to build some of the important skills that can prevent falls, including endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. For more tips and information on how occupational therapists aid in fall prevention, check out this link: Fall Prevention Tip Sheet
Take care and stay safe!