Today marks National Fall Prevention Awareness Day! Having good balance is important for everyday activities including climbing the stairs, walking down the sidewalk, and getting out of a chair.
Each year, more than 3 million Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. Falls can cause serious fractures of the arm, hand, ankle, or hip. The good news is many falls are preventable. Here are five tips for staying safe:
- Find a good balance and exercise program. Build your balance, strength, and flexibility through regular exercise. ElderServe’s Active Choices program supports older adults who are homebound and can’t get out much with customized plans and goals for adding physical activity, which includes balance exercises.
- Consult with your doctor. Many medications can create side effects like dizziness, which can increase the risk of falling. Review your medications with your doctor to make sure the combination of your medications isn’t putting you at risk. Most doctors and healthcare providers can offer a fall risk assessment, too.
- Regularly check your hearing and vision. Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet. Make sure to take care of them with regular check-ups.
- Keep your home safe. Remove tripping hazards, increase lighting, and install grab bars in key areas. A home with few hazards is key to reducing your risks of falls.
- Communicate with family members. Ask for their support by taking simple steps to keep you safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.
By being proactive with your health and taking the proper steps, you can stay safe and avoid falling and causing serious injury.
For more information or to enroll in ElderServe’s Active Choices program, contact Sarah Irvin at 502.736.3847 or firstname.lastname@example.org.