Exercise regularly.  Move furniture that’s in your way.  Pick up items that are on the floor.  Keep items off the stairs.  Consider a walk in tub to ensure easy entrance and exit.  When using a ladder, make sure both feet and at least one hand are on the ladder.

Consider buying an alarm you can activate in the event of a fall.  Get up slowly when lying down or sitting, making sure that your path is free from clutter and obstacles.  Make sure items in the kitchen are within reach.  Place a non-slip mat or strips inside your shower or bathtub to help prevent falls.  Installing grab bars further decreases the risk of falling.  Use a night light in your bedroom.

Do you have throw rugs or loose carpeting? Secure the loose carpeting and use double-sided  tape on rugs so that they do not slip.  See an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least annually.

Thank you Dr. Melanie for including us in your Fall Prevention Program Sept 22 Pain & Movement Solutions 605 723 0185.