According to the Center of Disease Control’s web site, one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture. Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
Set yourself up for success by making your home safer:
- Check your shoe’s bottom tread to make sure it is not worn down
- Wear slippers or socks around the house that have a rubber bottoms rather than a soft.
- Toss the throw rugs or secure them to the floor with double-sided tape
- Light up your hallway and bedroom with nightlights that will allow you to navigate better during night and early morning.
- They are not just for show, use handrails when going up or down stairs. Use extra caution when carrying any items up or down steps.
- Install non-skid mats or tread in your bathroom and shower stalls.
- Re-arrange your cabinets so items are easily within reach. Prevent overreaching or the need for a step-stool.
- Re-run power and cable cords so they do not interfere with walking areas.
- Speak with your doctor if you experience any dizziness.
- Have your doctor or pharmacist review your medicines (including over-the counter products) if you feel these are making you dizzy or sleepy.
- Exercise regularly so you stay strong and have better control of your balance.