What YOU can do to Prevent Falls STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries)
Four Things YOU can do to prevent falls:
- Talk openly with your healthcare provider about fall risks & prevention:
Tell a provider right away if you fall, worry about falling or feel unsteady. Have you doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines you take, even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines work in your body can change. Some medicines or combinations of medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and cause you to fall. Ask your provider about taking vitamin D supplements to improve bone, muscle and nerve health.
2. Exercise to improve your balance and strength:
Exercises that improve balance and make your legs stronger, lower your chances of falling. It also helps you feel better and more confident. An example of this kind of exercise is Tai Chi. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your chances of falling. Ask your doctor or healthcare provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
Talk to your doctor about fall prevention.
3. Have your eyes and feet checked.
Once a year, check with your eye doctor and update your eyeglasses, if needed. You may have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling. Also, have your healthcare provider check your feet once a year. Discuss proper footwear and ask whether seeing a foot specialist is advised.
4. Make your home safer:
*Remove things you can trip over (Like papers, books, clothes and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
*Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
*Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
*Have grab bars put in next to and inside the tub and next to the toilet.
*Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
*Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hand light weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
*Have handrails and light installed on all staircases.
*Wear well-fitting shoes with good support inside and outside the house.
Many falls can be prevented.
By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.
Four things you can do to prevent falls:
*Have your healthcare provider review your medicines.
*Exercise to improve your balance and strength.
*Have your eyes and feet checked.
*Make your home safer.
For more information, contact Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1-(800) CDC-INFO (232-4636) or visit http://www.ced.gov/steadi
For information about fall prevention, visit go.use.gov/xN9XA.
For more information about hypotension, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/www.webmd.com.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the STEADI pamphlet and I give them full credit for it. Please call the above number or email for more information.