Among adults age 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injury death and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in three adults age 65 and older falls each year. With so many older adults falling, fall prevent should top the list of safety and health concerns for those aging in place and their families.
What are some of the ways we can prevent falls in the home and promote mobility and independence?
An easy way to prevent falls is to increase leg strength and balance through regular exercise. Many older adults enjoy Tai Chi because it promotes both of these concepts through a low impact exercise routine. However, simply enjoying a regular walk around your neighborhood is good exercise and a great way to stay fit. Staying active can go a long way toward preventing falls.
Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist to look at all the prescriptions you are taking to ensure there are no reactions between your medications. Many medications can cause dizziness and when medications interact, dizziness can be enhanced. If you are feeling dizzy, please take care and speak with your physician immediately.
Don’t forget the importance of regular vision checkups. Getting your eyes checked and keeping your eyeglasses up to date is an important step in keeping falls to a minimum.
Another important way to prevent falls is to install safety equipment in your home. Safety equipment from 101 Mobility® helps to maintain your stability. With the help of 101 Mobility®, you can install features such as chairlifts/stairlifts and bath safety products to prevent falls in the home. Our complete line of stairlifts offers you a wide variety of options so you can choose just the right chairlift for your home. From straight-line chairlifts to curved rail stairlifts, our experienced professionals can help you find the right stairlift for your home so you can be safe getting up and down the stairs each and every day.
We also offer a complete line of bath safety products. Falls in the bathroom are very common. Don’t let slipping in the bathroom become a concern for you. With the help of 101 Mobility®, we can install bathtub doors, grab bars, and a variety of other bath safety items for you.