Dr. Lisa Granville: Hello! I am Doctor Lisa Granville with the American Geriatrics Society and today I'm at Westminster Oaks an active living continuing care Retirement Community. And I'll be discussing simple steps older adults can take in there home to help prevent a fall.
The risk of falling increase as we age which is the result of normal changes that can come with aging as well as medical condition such as arthritis, vision problems or hip surgery.
Most falls occur in the home, so you can make sure your home is safe by following these steps. Please be sure that all of your rugs are firmly fastened to the floor or have non-skid backing. Move electrical cords so they're not in walking areas where you could trip on them. Put handrails on the bathroom for bath, shower and toilet use, put a rubber section matt or non-slip stickers in the tub or shower.
Avoid using stairs without handrails on both sides for support. In the kitchen make sure your everyday items are within easy reach, try not to store things too high or too low. Install night lights in your bedroom, hallways and bathroom, always wear shoes with firm non-skid, non-friction soles.
Slippers maybe comfortable around the house, but they can also cause you to trip, sleep or fall. When you get out of bed in the morning or at night to use the bathroom sit on the side of the bed for a few moments before you stand up.
Sometimes your blood pressure needs time to adjust when you sit or stand up. If you move too quickly your blood pressure may not be able to keep up this can make you dizzy and you might lose your balance and fall.
And those are just a few ways to make your home fall proof.