Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma.
“Falls are also a major economic and social issue across the United States,” said Samantha Antoun, Director of Advance Therapy Associates at Salem Medical Center. “A serious fall could severely change the life of a loved one or even ourselves and those surrounding us. Therefore, be sure to take the steps needed to help prevent falls.”
- Remove objects such as clothing and shoes, television and lamp wires, and lose throw rugs.
- Wear shoes that offer good support with a non-slip sole, avoid wearing slippers or going barefoot, and wear shoes both inside and outside the house.
- Place a lamp near the bed, make a clear path to light switches, and place night lights in hallways, bathrooms and bedrooms.
- Use adaptive equipment such as a raised toilet seat, shower chair, handrails and non-slip mats.
- Keep items stored in cabinets within reach without need for a step stool or standing on a chair.
“Being active can help build strength in your core and legs which helps maintain balance,” said Antoun. “Check with your doctor or physical therapist about starting an exercise program. Also ask your doctor about any medications that could affect your balance.”
For a comprehensive falls or balance assessment, call 856-339-6025.