7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk for Falls in Your Home
Falls in the home can happen to anyone. Whether you're in your 30s or in your 80s, you just never know. If you're young, sure, you may be at a lower risk of falling in your home, but you may also have an older parent or grandparent to think about.
In this video, Greenville health coach Caiti Nascarella offers 7 tips to reduce your risk for falls in your home. Watch the video below and read on for a synopsis of the seven tips.
1. Have a conversation with your provider about medications and supplements.
Many common prescriptions such as blood pressure, antidepressants, and antihistamines can cause dizziness that impacts balance. Some supplements can also cause dizziness. In addition, these effects may be intensified by use of alcohol.
Talk to your doctor so you know which medications may contribute and what warning signs you should watch for.
2. Attend routine exams (physical, vision, and hearing).
Attending routine exams gives your doctor a chance to catch a "pink flag" before is becomes red. The sooner issues are diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome for your overall health and the less likely you are to experience falls as a result.
3. Be physically active.
Aerobic, strength, and flexibility are all important components that help prevent falls. Aerobic exercise supports general health and mobility, strength promotes lean muscle mass that keeps you strong and mobile, and flexibility reduces muscle imbalances and promotes proper alignment. All three reduce your risk of falls.
4. Avoid walking barefoot or in socks throughout your home.
Wear flat, supportive, non-slip shoes to avoid sliding and tripping. Especially important rule of thumb if you are diabetic: Shoes help provide a layer of protection to minimize abrasions.
5. Apply anti-slip strips or coating to your bath and/or shower.
These products can be purchased online through retailers like Amazon. If you don't like the look of strips or are hesitant about their removal or longevity, check out Slip Doctor's roll on coating.
6. Use bright lighting.
This is especially important if you have vision issues. If lighting with lamps, be sure that cords are not in your footpath. It may also be helpful to install motion-detecting night lights for night-time trips to the restroom.
7. Corral the pets.
If you find yourself tripping over your pets in a particular area of your home, such as the kitchen, consider using a baby/pet gate to corral them so you both are safe from accidents. There are even retractable options available so they tuck away when not in use and are one less thing to trip over.