Thanks to Katie Sayler (LPN, Lead Care Manager) for putting together this post!
Don’t be a statistic!
The infamous Life Alert commercial: “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” We have all seen it, and all probably rolled our eyes or laughed at it, but in reality, one-third of adults fall each year, making it the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common trauma related nonfatal hospital admission among the elderly. So, what can you do to prevent a fall? These may sound like common sense, but reminders never hurt anyone.
Identify/Fix Environmental Factors
- Sure throw rugs look nice, but they are a big tripping hazard so tack down any necessary rugs or get rid of them
- Clear your path – any kind of wiring or tubing across the floor should be removed along with loose items like stacks of paper or magazines
- Lighting should be appropriate for that space
- Wet surfaces, especially the bathroom and kitchen should be cleaned up
- Furniture should fit properly in the space it is being used in and not too much in one area
Be Active, Get Movin’
No one said you had to walk a marathon, but being active whether it be sitting in a chair doing arm raises or leg raises or going for a walk down the block or down the hall. Movement strengthens your muscles and joints which in turn helps your balance. Check out our monthly calendar for ways to stay active and get moving!
- Install grab bars and handrails if needed, use a shower chair if you feel unsafe or are unsteady
- Assistive devices such as a walker or cane can improve gait, balance and even help with feeling more stable and secure
- Wear properly fitting shoes and replace ill fitting slippers if worn
- Install night lights in your path if you get up during the night.
If you fall, don’t panic. Call for help! Do NOT try and get up alone. You may injure yourself further making you part of this alarming statistic. These are just a few factors to consider but these easy fixes may increase your quality and quantity of life!
For more information check out our previous blog post with Roger Stroh (MPT, CFCE, CEAS, MSA), founder of Rehab 4 Life, or talk with the staff here at River Pointe about concerns you may have (218-287-6900).