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  • Preventing Falls

  • Spills can spell disaster. If you or someone you love is prone to falling, here are some basic prevention tips:

    • Keep an active lifestyle, maintain flexibility and strength
    • Have your vision and hearing checked regularly
    • Get up slowly
    • Maintain balance and footing
    • Use correct assistive device (walker, cane)
    • Use correct shoes (low heeled, non-slip soles)

    An important preventive measure is early diagnosis for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and vestibular dysfunction. Another way to prevent falls is to get healthy-decrease your risk of hardening of the arteries by quitting smoking, exercising regularly and adopting a healthy diet. Coordinate your medications to avoid errors-use the same pharmacy and primary care physician for all of your prescriptions.

    Make your home fall-safe:

    • Clear debris from walking paths
    • Don't use throw rugs
    • Fasten carpets to floor
    • Remove raised thresholds
    • Use only non-skid floor wax
    • Wipe spills as they occur
    • Keep stairways well-lit
    • Install sturdy handrails in stairways
    • Install grab handles in bathroom
    • Place non-skid mats in bathroom
    • Use shower chairs and bath benches
    • Install light switches by bed and doors
    • Use a night light