Fall Prevention Tips for Elderly Citizens
Dallas has a rising population of citizens over the age of 65 and this number will continue to climb as the next age bracket (45 to 64 year olds) continues to get older. Due to continual advances in medical technology, people are living longer, and this means we need greater awareness of issues that people face as they age. One such problem is falling down. Considering that one out of three elderly individuals will hit the ground during the year, fall prevention measures need to be taken.
There are many ways to prevent falls, especially with regard to home environments. Here are safety tips for around the home to help keep you off the ground:
- Since an area that poses tremendous risk of falling is the bathroom, place a slip-resistant rug next to the bathtub, put a rubber mat or textured strips in the tub, and install grab bars to help support yourself or loved ones.
- Clean up spills in the kitchen when they happen, especially liquids and grease.
- Ensure that all handrails that line stairs are secure and extend the full length of the staircase.
- Use nightlights to light the path from your bed to the bathroom.
- Have all furniture arranged so that there are clear pathways and keep low coffee tables, plants, and magazine racks safely off to the side.
In addition to safety tips for around the home, there are fall prevention acts that you can take for yourself, too. These include:
- Staying physically active or creating a plan with Dallas Podiatry Works to begin an exercise program that will build up strength, balance, and coordination.
- Wear shoes that fit correctly and have nonskid soles.
- Take any medications on schedule and with a glass of water, unless instructed otherwise.
If you are young, you might take for granted your ability to spring back up after a tumble, but it doesn’t work that way for seniors. The best outcome is if they don’t fall in the first place. If you have any questions regarding how to prevent falls, or are having other problems with your feet or ankles, call Dallas Podiatry Works today. We have locations in both Dallas and Plano, TX, for your convenience and are ready to give you the care you need. Call toll free (888) 716-5283 and schedule an appointment with either Dr. Joel W. Brook or Dr. David R. Northcutt.
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