What You Can Do To Prevent Falls
Many falls can be prevented.
By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.
things you can do to prevent falls:
Begin a regular exercise program.
Exercise is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of
falling. It makes you stronger and helps you feel better. Exercises
that improve balance and coordination (like Tai Chi) are the most
helpful. Lack of exercise leads to weakness and increases your
chances of falling. Ask your doctor or health care provider about the
best type of exercise program for you.
Have your health care provider review your medicines.
Have your doctor or pharmacist review all the medicines you take,
even over-the-counter medicines. As you get older, the way medicines
work in your body can change. Some medicines, or combinations of
medicines, can make you sleepy or dizzy and can cause you to
Have your vision checked.
Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year. You may be wearing the wrong glasses or have a condition like glaucoma or cataracts that limits your vision. Poor vision can increase your chances of falling.
Make your home safer.
About half of all falls happen at home. To make your home safer:
- Remove things you can trip over (like papers, books, clothes and shoes) from stairs and places where you walk.
- Remove small throw rugs or use double-sided tape to keep the rugs from slipping.
- Keep items you use often in cabinets you can reach easily without using a step stool.
- Have grab bars put in next to your toilet and in the tub or shower.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors.
- Improve the lighting in your home. As you get older, you need brighter lights to see well. Hang light-weight curtains or shades to reduce glare.
- Have handrails and lights put in on all staircases.
Wear shoes both inside and outside the house. Avoid going barefoot
or wearing slippers.
Find information about a Fairfax County program that helps you prevent falls and continue to live independently.
For information on
additional services contact:
Aging, Disability and Caregiver
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.