As our age increases, so does our risk of falling. Although the age factor may contribute to heightening the risks, several reasons that are rooted in negligence and complacency can also be accounted for. Among them are:
- lack or loss of strength, slow reflexes, and reduced sense of balance
- medications with side effects of dizziness or confusion
- poor vision
These reasons should be addressed properly to lessen your chances of falling. The following tips can help eliminate the risk factors:
- Exercise regularly
Since balance is one of the common reasons for fall accidents in the aging population, it needs to be addressed. Exercising regularly can help improve your balance, thereby reducing your risk of fall. Check with your doctor about balancing exercises you can do to enhance your sense of balance.
- Use mobility aids and devices
A variety of aids and devices are available for individuals with mobility issues. Some can help with walking while others can help improve vision. Consult your doctor about the right mobility aid or device that you can use in your situation.
- Keep the home clean
Clutter has been a culprit in a lot of falling incidents, especially when the person was unable to notice such clutter lying around. The best solution to this is cleanliness. It is important to keep the home clean and free from clutter for fall prevention. Make sure that the floor is always free from any type of clutter. Home maintenance in New Jersey should be one of your top priorities.
- Light up your home
Those with poor vision often have increased risks of falling in areas with poor lighting. Naturally, you would want to brighten up your home by installing a few more lighting fixtures in areas where you frequently use. This will help you see your path better, find things easily, and most importantly minimize your risk of falling.
- Install grab bars wherever necessary
Grab bar installation in New Jersey should be considered, especially if you often lose your balance. You can install grab bars inside the bathroom or toilet, the bedroom, or even install handrails on stairs.
- Avoid slippery items and surfaces
As much as possible, do not walk with your socks on. Place non-slip mats on bathroom floors. At the same time, wipe wet surfaces immediately.
- Consider home modification in Chatham, New Jersey.
Other modifications to the home such as widening of entryways, steps removal, and more may also be recommended in your situation.
An assessment with our team at AIP Mobility Plus can help further identify the modifications that might be necessary for your home. For further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us online.