A major risk to older care recipients cr is falling preventing falls is a special concern for men and women with osteoporosis falls can increase the likelihood of fracturing a bone in the hip wrist spine or other part of the skeleton the following are tips to reduce the risk of falls

Try: Use a cane or walker for added stability wear rubber-soled shoes for traction walk on grass when sidewalks are slippery in winter carry salt or kitty litter to sprinkle on slippery sidewalks be careful on highly polished floors that become slick and dangerous when wet use plastic or carpet runners when possible keep rooms free of clutter especially on floors keep floor surfaces smooth but not slippery wear supportive low-heeled shoes even at home avoid walking in socks stockings or slippers be sure carpets and area rugs have skid-proof backing or are tacked to the floor be sure stairwells are well lit and that stairs have handrails on both sides install grab bars on bathroom walls near the tub shower and toilet use a rubber bath mat in the shower or tub keep a flashlight with fresh batteries beside your bed if using a step stool for hard-to-reach areas use a sturdy one with a handrail and wide steps add ceiling fixtures to rooms lit by lamps consider purchasing a cordless phone so that you don’t have to rush to answer it or so that you can call for help if you do fall

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References: Webmd com

Keywords: Preventing falls

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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