Falling over is not an inevitable part of growing older. Avoid trips and falls with these tips.
Strength and balance are key to staying steady on your feet. By doing simple daily exercises, you will reduce the risk of having a fall.
Keep your home free from trip hazards and ensure it is adapted and repaired to address any risks of falling. Consider stairs, flooring, lighting, removal of obstacles, and colour contrasts.
Cut toenails, address any infections, callouses, cracked skin, etc. It will help you walk pain-free and reduce unsteadiness.
Staying hydrated and drinking water is important to combat confusion, loss of balance, and delirium, that are symptoms of dehydration
Wear good, strong, sturdy, supportive shoes and slippers. Make sure footwear is appropriate for you and comfortable to walk in.
Review your medication if it’s causing problems (confusion, dizziness, diuretic). Your local pharmacy will be able to undertake a Medicine Use Review (MUR).
Check your eyesight and hearing every two years (more regularly if over 85) and make sure your ears are not causing you balance issues, are blocked or have an infection.
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