Tips for Fall Prevention

1. Keep Living Spaces Clear:

  • Remove Clutter: Ensure walkways, hallways, and stairs are free from any obstacles such as shoes, books, or furniture.
  • Secure Rugs: Use non-slip mats or adhesives to secure rugs and prevent tripping.

2. Lighting:

  • Brighten Up: Ensure all living areas are well-lit. Use night lights in bedrooms, bathrooms, and hallways to help with visibility during the night.
  • Switch Accessibility: Install switches that are easy to reach and consider motion-sensor lights.

3. Handrails and Grab Bars:

  • Install Handrails: Handrails on both sides of stairs and in hallways can provide support.
  • Grab Bars in Bathrooms: Grab bars near toilets and in showers or bathtubs can offer stability.

4. Footwear:

  • Supportive Shoes: Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes with non-slip soles. Avoid walking in socks or slippers that lack grip.

5. Regular Exercise:

  • Strength and Balance: Engage in exercises that enhance strength and balance. Programs like Strength training, or gentle chair yoga can be particularly beneficial.
  • Consult a Professional: An in home personal trainer can provide tailored exercises and advice. We offer a first complimentary workout session and fitness assessment.

6. Regular Health Check-ups:

  • Vision and Hearing: Regular eye and ear exams can help ensure that any impairments are corrected promptly.
  • Medication Review: Some medications can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Have a healthcare provider review all medications for potential side effects.

7. Dry Floors:

  • Prompt Cleaning: Immediately clean up any spills. Use a mop or towels to ensure floors are dry.
  • Non-Slip Mats: Place non-slip mats in areas that are prone to getting wet, like the bathroom and kitchen.

8. Assistive Devices:

  • Use Mobility Aids: Canes, walkers, and other mobility aids can provide extra support. Ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Personal Alarms: Wearing an alarm device can provide quick assistance in case of a fall.

9. Furniture:

  • Stable Furniture: Ensure that chairs, tables, and other furniture are sturdy and not wobbly.
  • Raised Seating: Chairs and beds at a convenient height can make it easier to sit down and stand up.

10. Awareness and Education:

  • Fall Prevention Education: Ask your trainer for specific exercises for fall prevention.
  • Awareness: Stay informed about the risks and keep up with strategies for keeping safe.