Helpful Tips for Caregivers

Tips for Avoiding Falls
USE NIGHTLIGHTS
Make sure you have adequate lighting and there are no dark areas along the floor.

AVOID CLUTTER
Make sure there are clear walking paths throughout your house.

LEVEL WALKING SURFACES
Remove throw rugs, make sure all carpet edged are tacked down and do not layer carpets. Keep sidewalks, driveways and walkways repaired so they are smooth and even.

EQUIP YOUR BATHROOM
Use rubber mats in the bathtub and shower. Install grab bars in the bathtub or shower and by the toilet or install a raised toilet seat.

AVOID STEP STOOLS and LADDERS
Ask someone else to perform climbing chores.

GET the RIGHT FOOTWEAR
Wear shoes with non-skid soles.

Conditions That May Cause Falls:
Foot pain or corns
Dizziness, weakness and unsteadiness on your feet
Disturbances in hearing or vision
Feelings of confusion
Weight Loss
Arthritis or other joint stiffness

Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

You May Be Headed For a Fall If You:

Have difficulty keeping balance walking on different surfaces such as from tile to carpet.

Have a fear of falling or stumbling.

Have a feeling of motion, spinning to falling when moving your head quickly or changing your position such as when getting in and out of bed.

Have a feeling you are drifting or being pulled to one side when walking

Have a sense of unsteadiness or feeling like you are not surefooted

Take medication for two or more of the following diseases: heart disease, hypertension, arthritis and depression.

Have experienced a stroke or other neurological problems that has affected your balance.

Use a walker, cane or wheelchair or need assistance to get around.

Source: Warren Hospital Balance Center

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