by Veronica Behme, Orthopedic Care Coordinator
As the weather warms up we all look forward to being outside and being more active! Follow these tips to avoid falls:
- Know your medications: Talk to your healthcare provider about your medications and be aware of side effects. Some medications may increase your risk of falls because they interact with other medications or increase drowsiness.
- Be aware of your health conditions: Some conditions increase your risk of falls. Be aware if you have dizziness, joint pain, numbness, shortness of breath, weak muscles or balance issues.
- Exercise to maintain balance and muscle strength: Following a healthy and active lifestyle helps you avoid falls. Make physical activity part of your daily routine.
- Wear sensible shoes: Wearing shoes that fit well and have non-slip soles will help you avoid falls.
- Have your eyes tested annually: Good vision helps you to avoid falls. Have your eyes checked yearly and wear your glasses as all times.
- Keep a safe home environment: Keep your home well lit, especially in stairways. Use automatic nightlights to illuminate your path to the bathroom and keep a lamp within easy reach on your bedside table. Remove throw rugs and electrical cords which tend to be tripping hazards, install grab bars and non-skid mats in the bathroom, and use non-skid treads on stairs.
If you have a history of falls, you are more likely to fall again. If you’ve fallen recently see your provider to determine the cause of your falls.