Stay fall free
Falls are the main causes of injuries in seniors—causing cuts, fractures, broken bones, and serious injuries. Falls can also affect your confidence to live independently. To keep you and your whānau safe here are a few tips and tricks.
Clean up clutter
Having a clean environment is the easiest way to prevent falls. A neat and tidy home will reduce your risk in falling.
Reduce home hazards
Remove any hazards such as cords, unneeded furniture, and unstable surfaces. Purchase nonslip mats or get ramps installed to make getting around easier—especially for surfaces that get wet, such as bathroom and kitchen floors.
Wear suitable footwear
Wear properly fitted, sturdy, flat shoes with good grip. Wear non-slip socks around the house if you have smooth flooring.
Light up your space
Being unable to see clearly is a major hazard. Ensure your walkways have appropriate lighting so you can clearly see any hazards that may be on the ground. Place night lights in those places where the main lights don’t quite reach and make sure light switches are easy to access.
Use assistive equipment
Handrails, walking sticks, non-slip mats and ramps can help you in your home and when you’re out and about.
If you need more advice about avoiding falls, give us a call or pop in and see us. We’re happy to help. We’re open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m at 585 Main Street Palmerston North.
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