Staying on Your Feet: How to Prevent Falls at Home

Are you being clumsier than usual lately? Or do you find yourself tripping while walking around your home, or sometimes even falling?

Your home should be your safe-haven, not a place rife with accidents waiting to happen. Falling is one of those more commonplace accidents — and the older you get, the more serious a fall can be.

There are 3 preventative measures you could be taking to create a safer living space for yourself and others. Read on to learn more!

“Fall-proof” your home

One of the first things you should do to prevent falls is declutter your floor space. Ensuring that pillows, electrical wires from lamps and dog toys are not in your way will go a long way to prevent falling.

Another reason many people fall in their homes has to do with the lighting. If it’s too dark in a certain room or hallway, this puts you at a greater risk of falling over something. Although it seems simple, making sure there is enough lighting in each room and walking area of your home will go a long way.

If it happens to be the middle of the night and you are taking your nightly stroll to the bathroom, you may purposefully avoid turning on lights, as you know it will hurt your eyes or wake someone else up. In this case, having nightlights plugged in and low to the ground will help you navigate your way.

If you are still worried about falling, or have medical issues that may cause vertigo and loss of balance, then making some necessary adjustments to your home is key. Making sure there are handrails on all stairs (and even in hallways) will give you something to hold onto as you walk. Purchasing a raised toilet seat with armrests, in addition to a walk-in shower or tub, will remove most falling hazards in your bathroom as well.

Wear proper footwear

Whenever we go outside, we make sure to wear the proper shoewear that complements our outfit, that is appropriate for our destination and that is sensible for the weather. The same thinking should be applied to our indoor shoewear.

Provided you are not walking around barefoot, it’s important to avoid wearing only socks in the house. The soft, oftentimes slippery bottom of the socks can create a fall risk. Ensuring that there is an adequate amount of traction between your feet and the floor is vital, even though this often is overlooked by many when they are in the comfort of their own home.

Avoid taking certain medications

Certain medications may also contribute to falling accidents, especially amongst seniors. Dizziness is a common side effect of many medications, which is why it’s important to make a list of any medicine you may be taking.

If it is found that a specific medication is causing you to experience dizziness, there are a few options to consider. In consultation with your doctor, either switch to a similar medicine that may not cause this side effect or make a note of when you need to take it. That way, you can plan to be sitting or laying down.

Treating a current fall

You may have done all of these things, but still happened to trip and fall, injuring yourself in the process. If this happens, you know that you need to take even more preventative measures to prevent further injury. In addition, you may need professional treatment to help your fall-related injury.

Contact Total Health and Sports Today

Our chiropractors at Total Health & Sports Performance are ready and willing to help you alleviate your pain. Our team will also provide you with at-home exercises to perform on your own, to help you build up your muscle strength and prevent another fall.

To learn more about how we can help, call us at 905-487-4488 or visit our website to fill out our contact form and make an appointment!