Deb Marcello from Happier at Home joined Good Day Rochester to discuss fall prevention.
70% of accidental deaths in people over the age of 65 result from falls. Some of the controllable factors that you can address include loose carpets, using stairs, poor lighting, and lack of bathroom safety equipment, while other causes might be difficult to control such as low blood pressure and vision.
Here's a list of what you can do to prevent falls:
- Medications: Bring all medications that you are currently taking to your pharmacist to see if there are any medications affecting your balance.
- Exercise for strength and balance: Physical therapy evaluation to set up a home PT program.
- Bathroom safety: Add grab bars, bath chair, hand-held shower & non-slip tub mats.
- Trouble transferring: Select chairs with arms that are not too low.
- Dizzy when standing: Rise slowly and count to 5, address low blood pressure, turn slowly with position changes.
- Throw rugs: Tape down or remove.
- Low vision: Add nightlights in bathrooms and hallways, bright tape strips to the edge of each stair and keep a charged flashlight near your bed
For more information, happierathome.com.