Anyone can fall at any time; after all, it is an accident, and accidents are unforeseen happenings. However, some groups are more susceptible than others, such as seniors, the disabled, and children. Thankfully there are several ways to be ready with falls prevention, and in this post, we will describe a few of those options.
Wear Appropriate Shoes
Seniors should wear shoes with a sturdy slip-proof bottom that can help to reduce the likelihood of a fall. Also, extremely high heels should be avoided. These are known to cause the most falls as it relates to shoes. Don’t forget to hide those high heels from your toddlers too, as they have a tendency to put them on.
Use Assistive Devices & Provide Physical Support
If you or a loved one had a disability that affects your ability to walk, we recommend that you employ the use of devices such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and crutches. The elderly and injured are also encouraged to use these as is necessary. If you cannot afford or properly handle an assistive device, opt for physical support from someone when you need to move around.
Declutter the Environs
Removing hazards from walkways and spaces frequently used is another way to prevent falls. As you know, tripping over a stool, toy, or appliance can do serious damage. Additionally, try to clean messes, like water spills immediately, to avoid slips.
Here are a few other ways you can ensure you and your loved ones’ safety:
- Have adequate lighting
- Strengthen muscles
- Limit alcohol intake
- Get up slowly when lying or sitting down
- Get adequate rest
Your health and safety should be your priority, so practice these tips to keep yourself and your loved ones fall-free.