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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Preventing Falls Room by Room

Preventing falls within the home is essential for maintaining safety and well-being, especially for older adults. The feet can be injured during a fall, and it is beneficial to remove obstacles in the household. Each room presents unique hazards that require attention to minimize the risk of accidents. In the bathroom, installing grab bars and non-slip mats can prevent slips and falls on wet surfaces. In the kitchen, keeping floors clean and dry and storing frequently used items within easy reach can reduce the likelihood of accidents while cooking or reaching for items. It is important for the bedrooms to have adequate lighting, and removing clutter from pathways can prevent tripping hazards, particularly during nighttime visits to the bathroom. Living areas benefit from having secure rugs or carpeting and maintaining clear pathways to prevent tripping over furniture or cords. If you have foot pain from a fall that has happened, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you appropriate treatment options, in addition to discussing fall prevention methods that can protect the feet.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Ankle N Foot. our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Chicago, Elmhurst, Bartlett, IL and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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