Preventing Home Injuries

Falling can be a scary part of aging. We are not as agile as we used to be, and our body doesn't always do what we want it to. Not only can falling at home cause serious injury, but it can make us more fearful and apprehensive.

Things that could cause us to fall in our homes include:

  • Use of medicines, such as tranquilizers, sedatives, or antidepressants. Even some over-the-counter medicines can affect balance and how steady you are on your feet.

  • Difficulties with walking and balance and lower body weakness

  • Vision problems

  • Foot pain or poor footwear

  • Home hazards including broken or uneven steps, throw rugs or other clutter that can be tripped over.

Falls can also cause some to become too cautious and prevent them from going out and socializing. This can make their bodies weaker because they are not as active as they once were. This can make their risk of falling even greater. 

However, you don’t have to let fear of falling prevent you from living a full life. There are several things you can do to keep that from happening, including managing medications, having your vision checked, and making minor adjustments to your living space.

Other solutions include:

  • Make simple repairs to ensure safety.

  • Add grab bars in the bathroom or a second handrail on stairs.

  • Add non-slip paint on outdoor steps to lessen the risk of falling.

  • Get rid of throw rugs and other clutter.

  • Don’t take unnecessary risks, such as standing on chairs to reach things.

  • Strengthen your muscles so you are less likely to fall.

You can strengthen your muscles by starting an exercise program. Starting an exercise is not only beneficial to prevent falls but staying active is also good for the overall well-being of us older adults. It can help build confidence and strengthen your muscles and help us maintain overall good physical and mental health. And don’t worry if you have never exercised regularly before. It’s never too late to start an exercise program and start taking safety seriously.