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Tips For Avoiding Falls

Fall Prevention Tips From Medical Alert Myrtle Beach

Many seniors worry about falling and then you are not relaxed which then leads to a fall.  Instead you should think about using techniques that avoid falls and then resist the fear that threatens to take over your mind.

Studies have shown that falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. They are also the most common cause of nonfatal admissions to the hospital.  Hip injuries lead to the most severe problems with a fall and will reduce the quality of life.

It is no secret that as we age our reflexes and therefore our coordination will diminish.  Medications and previous injuries contribute to the problems with balance.  An increase in osteoporosis seniors also contributes to an increase in falls and makes fall prevention more difficult.

Senior Fall PreventionThe good news is there are fall prevention steps you can take to prevent a fall and subsequently breaking your bones.

  • Check with your doctor about having your bones tested.  If it is determined that you have osteoporosis or other problems with the weakening of the bones, your doctor can prescribe medications which will make the bones harder.
  • Be sure and get regular exercise.  This will keep your tendons, ligaments and joints flexible.  Walking is one of the best exercises for strengthening the bones.  Part of your exercise regime for fall prevention should be practicing your balance.  Hold onto something like a counter top and practice standing on one leg for a minute.  Then switch to the other leg.  Each week try and increase the time that you can stand on one leg.
  • Reduce alcohol consumption.  Alcohol will have an impact on your balance and reflexes.
  • If you have been sitting or lying for a period of time, always rise slowly.  This will prevent you from becoming light-headed and falling.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures in your home.  Set your thermostat at a comfortable level and leave it there.  Your body will adjust to that temperature over time.
  • Always wear low-heeled, rubber-soled shoes both around the house and when you go outside.
  • Hold onto handrails when using the stairway.  Installing grab bars in your bathroom and using them for balance is a great way to prevent falls.
  • Never stand on a chair to reach something.  Take the time to get out a step stool or purchase a “reach stick” at your local hardware store.
  • Make sure that areas where you walk frequently are clear of clutter.
  • Don’t carry in packages that are large and obstruct your view of where you are walking.
  • Use non-skid mats in the shower and bathtub.  Place non-skid rugs or strips where there are surfaces that tend to get wet such as the kitchen and bathroom.
  • When you are in the shower, allow the soap suds to go down the drain before you move to exit the shower.  If you have a tendency to fall, you will want to use a shower chair with a hand held shower attachment.
  • Make sure that you have a night light and light switches close to your bed.  If your bedroom is not setup with this feature, you can have an electrician install additional outlets.
  • Make sure you have good lighting in your home. Use bright light bulbs.  Make sure there is a light switch next to every door inside your home. Call your local electrican if you need help with this fall prevention tip.
  • Keep a phone near you both when in bed and during the day.  When the phone rings you won’t have to be in a rush to answer if the phone is close by.
  • Make sure that all area rugs and carpets are secure in place.  Be especially careful of area rugs on hardwood or tile floors.
  • Always close cabinets or drawers as soon as you have retrieved the object you were looking for.
  • If you are going outdoors when the weather is bad, consider using a cane for balance.
  • Always keep your hands free to grab for balance.  Use shoulder bags or fanny packs instead of a handheld purse.
  • Take a good look at the height of the curb before stepping down.

No matter how careful you are or how many fall prevention steps you take, falls will happen especially among older adults.  By utilizing a medical alert button around your neck or wrist will ensure that help is always near when you fall.

The very best fall prevention is a system that helps after the fall has happened.

Give Medical Alert Myrtle Beach a call to see how this program can help give you the quality of life to live independently in your home.

Fountain Global Solutions Inc
Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 236-8844 ‎
medicalalertmyrtlebeach.com

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