Top 4 Ways to Prevent Slip and Fall Injuries in the Elderly
1. Begin a regular exercise program.
Exercises that are designed to improve balance and coordination will decrease the chance of falling and make you stronger. Before you start‚ make sure that a doctor or other professional approves your exercise program.
2. Make your home safer.
- Remove clutter that you can trip over from the stairs and traffic areas.
- Make sure no extension cords are exposed.
- Keep rugs from slipping by using backing or tape.
- Keep items at easy access if you use it often.
- Have grab bars installed next to your toilet and tub/shower.
- Install handrails on all staircases.
- Use non-slip mats in the bathroom‚ or have a seat in the walk-in shower.
- Improve lighting‚ especially around the hallway and stairs. Have night lights too.
- Outdoor lighting is just as important.
- Wear shoes that are thick‚ non-slip‚ and give good support.
- If you have pets‚ be aware of where your pet is.
- Avoid broken sidewalks or areas under construction‚ if possible.
- If you are laying down‚ get up slowly if you have heart problems or high blood pressure.
3. Have your Health Care Provider Review Your Medicines
Bring all your medicines you take or make a list and have your doctor or pharmacist look at them‚ including over-the-counter medicines. As you get older‚ some medicines or combinations of them can make you drowsy or light-headed‚ which could lead to a fall.
4. Have your vision checked
If you have a prescription that is outdated or a condition that limits your vision‚ it could increase your chances of falling.
About half of all falls happen at home. Thus‚ it is important to take the proper safety precautions and make your home as safe as possible. Remember‚ most falls are preventable. Don’t wait until it is too late.
Nearly half the seniors who suffer from a serious fracture never completely recover from the injury. On top of the medical complications and bed-ridden conditions‚ almost 25% die within six months to a year following the injury.
If you or someone you love was injured in a fall because of a property safety hazard‚ contact the San Diego slip and fall accident attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers. Seniors who suffer from a serious fracture‚ such as a hip‚ pelvic‚ or spinal fracture‚ need medical attention immediately for an extensive period of time. Get the compensation you need to pay for these steep medical costs. Our San Diego personal injury lawyers will get you back on your feet. Call our office at (888) 233-5020 to set up a free consultation.
Slip and Fall Case Results
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- Awarded: $47‚500 – Broken Ankle from Lemon Grove Trip and Fall
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