Originally posted on https://www.news9.com/story/41021536/how-to-identify-a-hidden-risk-for-falls
Slips and falls are common amongst everyone. As you age, your risk for them escalates due to obvious reasons such as changes in your vision, the medications you take, and weakened bones and muscles.
What about the not so obvious risk for falls though? Whether you know it or not there are a million ways that you can fall in your home. The last thing you need is for a loose rug to send you to the hospital.
To help you avoid injury, here is a list of the common hidden fall risks that you may have in your home.
Do you have a stepstool that you tend to use to reach the spices in the top of your cabinet? Be sure that it’s sturdy every single time that you use it or it may collapse with you on it.
Of course, you can also take away your need for using the stool by moving all of your spices to a lower shelf.
If your floors are cluttered or your doorways are blocked off this raises your chance for tripping. If you’ve got any newspapers or magazines lying around on the floor then put them on a table.
Do you have the cords for your electronics sticking out? Rearrange things where you can tuck them behind your entertainment center or desk. Cords are a huge tripping hazard.
Throw rugs are a nice touch to any room but it’s easy to trip over them when you aren’t paying attention. You can have your rugs but make sure they are in places that don’t see a lot of foot traffic. Also, be sure they have a non-slip back.
As you age, your vision isn’t what it used to be. If you don’t have proper lighting by your stairs you may miss your footing and fall. Make sure that you have sturdy handrails installed so if you do happen to lose balance you’ll have something to grab onto.
If you have carpet on your stairs this is fine but you should make sure it is well attached and isn’t raised anywhere.
Most of the falls that happen in bathrooms are from slipping in the tub. Have a railing to assist you with getting in and out. To decrease your chances of falling, even more, put a rubber mat down that will prevent you from slipping on the wet shower floor.
You won’t only run into these risks at home but in other places as well. See this site if you happen to slip in public or a care center.
One of the most common causes of injury as you age is slips and falls. The first step of staying safe is being able to spot a common risk for falls. Use this guide to help yourself stay upright.
Falls aren’t the only way that you could injure yourself. Check out some of the talks on our site for more ways to stay healthy.
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