Hi, Fellow Community Members!
Last month, Home Helpers shared some tips to help you or older loved ones prevent falls at home. However, not all falls happen at home. Those at risk for falls can also fall at the store, at doctors’ appointments, or at a workplace. Here are some tips to try and lower the risk for falls at places outside the home.
- Stay close to your loved one at a doctor’s appointment if he or she is at risk for falls. Although it’s helpful to let staff members know about a patient who’s at an increased falls risk, medical staff members are often too busy to monitor your loved one at all times. Instead, stay close yourself so you can help that person avoid physical situations that may increase the risk for falls.
- Don’t carry too much. Even if someone you care for is at a falls risk, he or she still may be able to carry items. If that’s the case, make sure he or she does not try to carry more than what’s reasonably possible and that whatever you are carrying doesn’t block your field of view.
- Wear sturdy shoes. Florida is known for flip-flops year-round, but that’s a bad footwear choice if you’re at a high falls risk. Sturdy, close-toed shoes reduce the risk of falling and prevent the chance that you’ll injure your foot.
- Use good lighting. In a workplace, this is something you can help control by ensuring you have adequate lighting in your work area. If you’re elsewhere, take advantage of small handheld lights or the flashlight function on a smartphone.
- Avoid objects that can cause a danger for falls. This includes spills, slippery floors, electrical cords that aren’t secured to the floor, and debris or extra objects. If you can’t watch out for these due to poor vision, then walk with someone who can help.
- Use a cane or walker if necessary. You can work with a physical therapist to assess the need for a cane or walker and find the one that will suit you best. These can help provide extra support.
- Continue good self-care to keep your body strong. This includes regular physical activity that strengthens your core and improves your balance, keeping track of the medications you take, and seeing your doctor regularly.
Thanks for reading our blog. At Home Helpers of Bradenton, we look to not only make life easier but to also make a difference in our clients’ lives. It is truly an honor to have an opportunity to work with members of our community and we take the trust bestowed to us very seriously.
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