Do You Practice Fall Prevention in Your Home?

Fall prevention is key for people with arthritis. Here are the top culprits for falls at home—and how you can avoid ’em!

Health Monitor Staff
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Follow these steps to stay safe and prevent slips and falls in your home.

Getting out of bed: It’s easy to fall if you’re wearing stretched-out socks or loose slippers.

Fall prevention: Replace stretched-out slippers or keep a pair of slipper socks with grips near your bed to put on before you get up.

Searching for the light switch: This can be a problem when you get up during the night to use the bathroom, or if you have to go up and down stairs that aren’t well lit.

Fall prevention: Put night-lights along the route between your bedroom and bathroom, or use glow-in-the-dark light switches or motion-detecting lights. A cheaper fix: Keep a flashlight next to your bed.

Standing on furniture or climbing countertops: If an item is out of reach, don’t strain or stand on a chair or countertop to get it. You can easily lose your balance or tip over the piece of furniture.

Fall prevention: Use a long-handled reacher/grabber tool to retrieve items—with your feet safely on the floor!

Pets: These furry friends cause more than 86,000 fall-related injuries each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Fall prevention: Put a bell on your cat or dog.

Poor vision: People with failing eyesight suffer from poor balance—and may still be at risk even when they’re wearing corrective lenses, say researchers at the University of California, Davis. Scientists think the eye–inner ear mechanism that helps maintain the body’s sense of balance may be weakened in folks with poor vision.

Fall prevention: Have regular eye exams!

October 2013