Ask I&A: Preventing Falls

by | Aug 22, 2022 | Blog, Monthly Theme

Question: I recently had a fall and I am worried about falling again. What steps can I take to remain safe?

Answer: One in four people over the age of 65 fall every year. On average, 32 people per day are seen in our local emergency departments due to falls. Here are a few things you can do to help prevent a fall:

  1. Stay Strong and Speak Up
    • Hold on to something sturdy and practice standing on one foot or standing on your tiptoes.
    • Use a cane, walker, or other assistive device when walking on uneven surfaces, like a sidewalk or lawn.
    • Share your concerns with your primary doctor or a physical therapist who can help with a home exercise program for you.
  2. Review Your Medications
    Talk to your primary care doctor or pharmacist about any medication you are taking. Some medications are known to increase your risk of falling.
  3. Get Your Eyes Checked
    • Get your vision checked yearly for any changes.
    • Bifocals or trifocals can alter your depth perception and make it easier to lose your balance.
  4. Make Your Home Environment Safer
    • Remove throw rugs, cords, furniture, and other tripping hazards from walkways.
    • Keep indoor and outdoor pathways well lit.
    • Repair loose handrails and torn carpet.
    • Store items at waist-level and avoid using step stools.
    • Install grab bars where needed.
    • Place non-slip material on the shower floor.
    • Wear shoes inside and outside for better stability and traction.
    • Take your time around small pets as they move quickly and could be a trip hazard.
  5. Contact ADRC at (920) 448-4300 and learn more about our community Falls Prevention classes!

Additional Information & Support

We are here to help you and your family with a wide variety of community resource options. For assistance by phone, or to make an appointment, contact us.

(920) 448-4300 | WI Relay 711

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