A recent article in the New York Times reported that “falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults.” Still a more shocking statistic is that a senior citizen in the United States dies from a fall every 19 minutes.
The good news is that falls in your home can be avoided. If you’re aging in place and want to take action to prevent falls, try one or more of these tips:
- Minimize clutter (paper, clothing, pet toys, etc.)
- Replace loose carpet or bumpy rugs
- Place a non-slip mat in your bathroom(s) and shower(s)
- Keep phone and electricity cords off the floor
- Install grip bars and railings wherever possible
- Make sure all areas of your yard and home are well-lit
Creating a safe haven isn’t the only way to help prevent falls. You can ask your nurse, caregiver or physician to help you exercise your walking muscles for stability. Make sure to have your vision and hearing checked regularly. If you find yourself feeling dizzy sometimes, talk to your doctor about checking your medication(s) for correct dosage. Your physical well-being plays a huge part in your ability to age safely in place.
Finally, it’s important to put practicality ahead of fashion. Avoid long skirts and pants that can trip you up. Make sure your shoes fit comfortably; and even consider investing in orthotic shoes for further foot, leg and back support.
VNA’s Speakers Bureau features experienced and knowledgeable speakers who are available to give talks about Home Safety & Fall Prevention to any group or organization of which you may be a part. Please contact Mary Avenoso at 973-451-4159 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jaime Bennett at 973-451-4161 or email@example.com to schedule a presentation or for more information.
At the VNA of Northern New Jersey, your health and safety at home is our top priority. If you need help with fall prevention in your home, don’t hesitate to contact us.
For 120 years, the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNANNJ) has been committed to improving the health and wellness of our community. We believe it is important to provide our neighbors with resources that will help them live happier and healthier lives.