12310272_m 123RF Banana Paid 10-22-13We, at Medex healthcare like to pass along helpful tips.  Our first priority is safety for everyone.

Here are some practical ideas on preventing falls at home.

Falls can lead to serious injuries that will require hospital stay, loss of independence, rehab, etc. Unsafe environment is a major risk factor for the elderly living at home. Falls can be prevented by decreasing the risks and putting in place a comprehensive safety plan. Risk factors such as: throw rugs, long electrical cords, tubing, glare, spills, uneven floor. Clutter, inadequate lighting and some medications can be reduced.

The following steps will help you keep a safe home environment

  • be active (do range of motion at least daily)
  • remove clutter, throw rugs
  • avoid stairs if possible when walking alone
  • rise slowly from a sitting position
  • always wear footwear when walking (avoid slippers)
  • use walker, cane as prescribed for balance
  • remember to wear eyeglasses as prescribed
  • apply raised toilet seat, hand rails, non- slip mat in tub and shower room
  • assess home daily for safety hazard
  • have emergency phone numbers accessible at all times

We hope these tips will help you and your loved ones stay safe at home.

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