Se­nior safety Tips for pre­vent­ing falls at home

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - COMMUNITY CALENDAR -

Did you know that falls are one of the pri­mary causes of in­jury for peo­ple aged 65 and over? Ac­cord­ing to the Public Health Agency of Canada, ap­prox­i­mately 85 per cent of in­jury-re­lated hos­pi­tal­iza­tions among se­niors are caused by falls, and at least half of those in­ci­dents hap­pen at home. There­fore, it’s im­por­tant to en­sure your home is se­cure and adapted to your needs.

In or­der to pre­vent falls from hap­pen­ing on your prop­erty, fol­low these valu­able tips:

• Se­cure your car­pets to the floor or have them re­moved

• Leave the pas­sage be­tween your bed­room and bath­room clear at all times

• Have sup­port bars in­stalled next to the toi­let as well as in the bath and shower

• Store big, heavy ob­jects in eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble ar­eas

• Use a stable lad­der with a guardrail to reach el­e­vated ar­eas

• Make sure the walk­way and steps lead­ing to your house are well main­tained and free of ice, snow or leaves

• En­sure that stairs, hall­ways and thresh­olds are well lit

• Keep path­ways clear of obstacles and avoid leav­ing ob­jects ly­ing around the stairs

Fur­ther­more, to pre­serve your bal­ance and strength, eat a healthy diet rich in cal­cium and vi­ta­min D, stay ac­tive, man­age your med­i­ca­tion wisely and in­vest in as­sis­tive de­vices if nec­es­sary. After all, your safety de­pends on it!

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