Preventing Falls at Home

Falls at home are a common risk, particularly for older people. Making simple changes can prevent them and ensure safety. For floors, stairways, and hallways, it is important to use handrails, good lighting, and non-slip strips. Additionally, it is beneficial to avoid using throw rugs and refrain from walking on wet floors. In bathrooms, install grab bars and use non-skid bath mats. It is helpful to keep night lights on, in addition to having a flashlight near the bed. Organize the kitchen for easy access and clean up spills immediately. Fix broken steps, and keep pathways clear on the outside of the home. In other living areas, keep cords away, arrange furniture wisely, and have essential items within reach. Avoid using chairs or tables to reach high objects. Have emergency numbers accessible and consider immediate response systems for extra protection. If you would like to learn more about falls prevention, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss this topic further.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.