1. Make sure your home is hazard-free:
Look for objects and surfaces that could cause a tripping hazard, remove loose rugs or carpets and make sure furniture, stairs, doorways, and hallways are kept clear of clutter.
2. Install handrails:
Handrails can provide stability when climbing stairs, getting in and out of the shower, or using the toilet.
3. Make sure your home is well-lit:
Poor lighting can lead to falls. Make sure that hallways, stairwells, and other areas are properly lit at night.
4. Wear appropriate footwear:
Wearing shoes that fit correctly, and have good support and traction can help reduce the risk of slipping or tripping.
5. Exercise regularly:
Regular exercise can help you maintain balance, strength, coordination, and flexibility and reduce the risk of falls.
6. Avoid substances that could impair your judgment:
Alcohol, illicit drugs, and certain medications can affect your ability to make decisions quickly in an emergency.
7. Ask for help and support from family or friends:
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed, as this can reduce the chances of a fall.
8. Have regular vision check-ups:
Poor eyesight can lead to falls, so it is important to have your vision checked regularly and update your glasses if needed.
9. Have your meds reviewed:
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you are taking, as certain drugs can cause side effects such as dizziness or confusion, which may increase the risk of falls.
10. Seek support if you feel unsteady on your feet:
If you feel unsteady or unbalanced, seek professional help from a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to assess your risk of falling.