SENIOR INDEPENDENCE - WESTMINSTER CANTERBURY

434.386.3800
3311 Old Forest Rd Suite 201 Lynchburg, VA

How To Have A Fall-Free Fall

Each year 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for fall related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here are some practical tips from the Senior Independence Home Care physical therapy team to avoid being one of them.

Keep your path clear.

  • Eliminate clutter and clear walkways.
  • Remove or tack down rugs and cords.

Let there be light!

  • Hallways should have ample and accessible lights.
  • Keep a flash light in every room in case of a power outage.
  • Use higher watt light bulbs in lamps for brighter light.
  • Make sure there is a lamp nearby for midnight bathroom trips.
  • Voice or clapping activated lights are convenient.

Have your feet on the ground (in a proper pair of shoes).

  • Avoid thick sole shoes.
  • Select shoes that lace up or have a Velcro closure instead of a slip on style.
  • Feet change over you lifetime and every manufacturer's size 8 is different. Ask the salesperson to measure your feet.

Have an honest conversation with your doctor.

  • Talk about falls and near falls.
  • Review medications for fall-related side effects.
  • Ask about a home exercise program to increase strength and stability.

Embrace accessories for independence.

  • If you have a cane, walker, rolling walker or wheelchair, give in and use it.
  • Wiggly tables or rickety chairs should be removed from the home especially if you use furniture for support when walking.

SENIOR INDEPENDENCE is an affordable, comprehensive Medicare-certified program that can provide the health services you need in the comfort of your own home.

3311 Old Forest Road Suite 201 Lynchburg, VA 24501

434.386.3800

info@sihomecare.org

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