Stairs, rugs, even pets, health experts say, they’re just a few of the things in your house that cause a fall. “If you have to have a throw rug, put it down with double-sided tape and slip resistance pads, if you have to have that. But you can make your home safer,” said Mark Tesoro, an injury prevention educator with Lee Health.
Most falls happen in the home. “Most of the time, they are in the bathroom. The bathroom is an unforgiving room. The surfaces are hard, so if you do nothing but try to take care of your bathroom and make that safer, you’re doing yourself a favor,” he said.
In addition to addressing hazardous areas in the home, it’s also important to address any balance concerns with your doctor. “People are scared of falling and don’t really talk about falls, and for us, at least, that’s a huge mistake because what you have to do is you have to discuss falls and try to prevent these things, and they are preventable,” Tesoro said.
Wearing appropriate shoes and using the correct assisted devices can help you keep your balance. “There are different areas that can cause falls. There are physical things that can cause falls, there are physical conditions, there are environmental things in the house, and then there are behavioral things that you do that cause falls,” he said.
Making small changes to your environment and overall health can help to prevent a fall and keep you on your feet.
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