Four Things You Can Do To Prevent Falls

As some of you may have already read, the concept behind Aging-In-Place Remodeling began forming about 17 years ago after Tyler was injured during a rock climbing accident. His back was broken and he was told that he would never walk again. As a 22 year old college student this news was devastating. However, since Tyler was a very healthy athlete in great condition, he was able to prove the doctor wrong and did indeed make a full recovery. This did not happen overnight though. It took many months of rehab and hard work. During those months he lived in a home that presented many obstacles. It is experiencing these obstacles first hand that give Tyler and Aging-In-Place Remodeling a distinct advantage in this field. We understand what people are going through and truly want to help them avoid the difficulties that Tyler faced.

While Tyler was injured during a rock climbing accident, many serious injuries occur within or near the home. A simple slip and fall can turn into a broken hip, a long hospital stay, and an even longer and more painful recovery. There are some simple ways to help prevent the slip and fall.

According to the CDC:

Many falls can be prevented. By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.

Four things YOU can do to prevent falls:

1. 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.

2. 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 fall.

3. 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.

4. Make your home safer

Our next Blog will talk about making your home safer. So make sure you check back soon.