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Fall Prevention

Falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the home. Thirty percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year - some are fatal, while others permanently disable victims and may cause loss of mobility or independence. Here are some tips to help you avoid a fall in your home.

Take your time​

  • Don't be rushed or distracted; it increases your chance of falling.

  • Get out of chairs slowly.

  • Sit a moment before rising out of bed.

  • Stand and get your balance before you begin walking.

Clear the way​
  • Keep stairs and walking areas free of shoes, clothing, books, magazines and other clutter

Slippery when wet ​
  • Use non-slip mats in bathtubs and shower floors.

  • Install grab bars in shower and bathtubs and around toilets

  • Wipe up any spilled liquids immediately

Tread carefully
  • Use only throw rugs with rubber, non-skid backing

  • Smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting

  • Stairways should be well lit from both the top and bottom

  • Have easy to grip handrails installed on both sides of the stairs

Look out for yourself
  • See an eye specialist once a year, poor vision can increase your chance of failing

  • Improve lighting in your home, use night lights to light path between your bedroom and bathroom

  • Turn on lights before using stairs

  • Wear sturdy, well fitting low heeled shoes with non slip soles

  • Exercise regularly to build strength and improve your balance and coordination

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