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Strategies to Prevent Falls in Every Room at Home

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Creating a safe environment within each room of your house is vital to preventing falls and promoting overall well-being. In the bathroom, install non-slip mats and grab bars near the shower and toilet to enhance stability. Keep pathways clear in the living room, securing loose rugs and removing clutter that might pose a tripping hazard. Adequate lighting in the bedroom is essential for visibility, reducing the risk of stumbling in the dark. In the kitchen, ensure spills are promptly cleaned, and arrange commonly used items within easy reach to avoid unnecessary stretching or bending. Staircases demand sturdy handrails and proper lighting to facilitate safe navigation. Regularly inspect and maintain flooring in all rooms, addressing any uneven surfaces promptly. By incorporating these preventive measures throughout your home, you create a secure living space that minimizes the likelihood of falls, allowing you to move confidently and enjoy every room without the worry of potential accidents. If you require additional information about implementing fall prevention techniques which may help to protect the feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

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 Dr. Steven Schwartz from Pennsylvania. 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 offices located in Chambersburg, and Mcconnellsburg, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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