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Preventing Falls

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Fall Prevention for People with Disabilities [from: www.aota.org/Consumers/Tips/Adults/Falls/35156.aspx]

Falls are the leading cause of injury and accidental death in adults over the age of 65 years. New or unfamiliar surroundings, improper footwear, cumbersome furniture arrangements, and distractions all can cause a person to accidentally stumble and fall, causing a serious injury, even death.

However, implementing a few prevention practices at home can decrease a person's risk of an unnecessary fall.

 

What can a person do to prevent falling?

  • Arrange furniture so that it creates plenty of room to walk freely. If you use a walking aid, ensure that doorways and hallways are large enough to get through with any devices you may use.

  • Install railings in hallways and grab bars in the bathroom and shower to prevent slipping.

  • Be sure you have adequate lighting throughout your house.

  • Install nonslip strips or a rubber mat on the floor of the tub or shower.

  • Remove throw rugs or secure them firmly to the floor.

  • Use caution when carrying items while walking.

  • Use a nightlight when getting out of bed at night.

  • Stay active to maintain overall strength and endurance.

For a tip sheet on OT and falls please visit: www.aota.org/Consumers/Tips/Adults/Falls/35127.aspx

 

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