Fall Prevention

Many falls can be prevented.  By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling. 

First, begin a regular exercise program.  Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your changes of falling.  It makes you stronger and helps you feel better.  Exercises that improve balance and coordination are most helpful.  A lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling.

 

Second, have your health care provider, such as a Ministry Medical Group Clinician review your medications.  As you get older, the way medicines work in your body may change.

 

Third, have your vision checked.  By having your vision checked by a Ministry Medical Group Ophthalmologist, you can determine if you are wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision.  Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.

 

Last, make your home safer.  About half of all falls happen at home.  To make your home safer, follow these tips:

  • Remove things you can trip over (such as papers, books, shoes, etc.) from stairs and places you walk.
  • Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
  • Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
  • Have grab bars installed next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Improve the lighting in your home.  As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well.  Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
  • Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases.
  • Wear shoes both inside and outside the house.  Avoid going barefoot or wearing slippers.
 
 
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