Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention

There are countless scenarios in which you could experience a fall. With this week being Fall Prevention Week, we wanted to do our part in spreading awareness about the dangers of falling as well as provide solutions on how to prevent these types of accidents from happening.

Housekeeping

There are so many ways that you can prevent falls – starting in your own home! Sometimes it is as simple as cleaning up a mess. However, you may also want to consider adding some assistive devices throughout the home such as non-slip treads or handrails. Here are just a few ways you can make your home a safer place for you, your family, and your guests:

  • Remove clutter from walkways and keep high-traffic areas clear of objects
  • Store commonly used items in easy to reach places
  • Ensure there is ample lighting by adding more light or using brighter lightbulbs
  • Secure loose flooring whether it be wooden floorboards and loose rugs
  • Place non-slip accessories on slick flooring in the kitchen, bathroom, or wooden stairs
  • Install grab bars in the shower and/or next to the toilet

Changing Your Habits

Sometimes the environment is what causes us to fall. Other times, it comes down to the choices we make at a specific moment. As you go about your life, make sure to remember that a fall can happen to anyone and can lead to serious injuries. Take these preventative measures to ensure your safety:

  • Use handrails while going up and down the stairs
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Never carry something if it obstructs your view
  • Immediately clean spilled liquids or foods

Check In with Your Doctor

Securing your home and making smart choices will only take you so far when it comes to preventing a fall. Make sure to check with your doctor that you are in good health or if there is anything you can do to lessen your chances of experiencing a serious fall. A few things your doctor may suggest could include:

  • Reviewing your medications to determine if any of them make you dizzy or fatigued
  • Taking vitamin D supplements (a deficiency can cause fatigue and weak muscles)
  • Doing strength and balancing exercises such as Tai Chi
  • Having your eyes checked to determine if you need to update your prescription

Although it’s important to do everything in your power to prevent yourself from experiencing a hazardous fall, sometimes the circumstances are out of your control. If you’ve had a fall that resulted in personal injuries due to another’s negligence, contact Rob Levine & Associates today. We can help you get the compensation you deserve!

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