Feeling safe and comfortable in your home is something that is important at any point in your life. But for seniors, the possibility of slipping and falling increases with each passing year. In fact, close to 8 million people in the United States are injured in falls, annually. While falls can happen at any age, we want to make sure that our residents are aware of the dangers associated with a fall and what steps you can take to avoid falling when you’re at home or away.
Below are 10 things you can do to prevent a fall:
1. Spot Your Pets
Household pets are great companions but they can be a big falling hazard. Obedience training can help keep your pet from underfoot and keep them happier too.
2. Tap into Your Inner Balance
When you’re steady on your feet, you’re less likely to injure yourself. Simple exercises like tai chi can help improve balance and keep you upright. Maintaining your balance is important, which is why The Cypress of Charlotte offers a class that focuses on aiding our residents’ center of gravity.
3. Pay Attention to Rx Labels
If you take medications daily, it’s important to always read the label on your prescription. Follow the directions carefully and avoid strenuous activities or driving with medications that cause drowsiness.
4. Keep the Lights On
While everyone wants to reduce their energy consumption and save on their bills, don’t take things so far that your home becomes a hazard. Use brighter bulbs where you need them and install night lights in high traffic areas as well.
5. Use a Helping Hand
No matter how steady you feel, sometimes an extra railing or grab bar can keep you from falling down. Install grab bars or railings in areas like the shower, the stairs and anywhere else you may need them.
6. Get Your Eyes Checked
Even with every light on, you run the risk of tripping and falling if you can’t see properly. If your eyeglass prescription is outdated, it’s time for a checkup!
7. Remove Your Rugs
While rugs can look very nice and seem like they offer a cushion against falls, studies suggest that they are more likely to cause a fall. Removing small throw rugs from around the home can make it much safer to navigate.
8. Wear Slippers
Socks and hardwood floors can make a dangerous combination. Give yourself some traction with comfy slippers.
9. Watch Your Drinking
While enjoying a glass of wine with dinner can be very nice, drinking too much can cause you to lose your balance. Never mix alcohol with prescription medicine either or you could put yourself at risk of a fall, not to mention health issues.
10. Clear Away Clutter
Whether the grandkids are visiting or your dog has lots of toys laying around, it’s always a good idea to keep your home clutter free. Store small items in a safe place away from the floor.
With a few simple safety steps and some smart changes at home, you can greatly reduce your risk of a fall. Every home in The Cypress also come equipped with an emergency call system that is monitored 24 hours a day. For more helpful home safety tips and ideas, be sure to visit the Cypress of Charlotte blog online today!