Making a few small changes in your home, like using non-slip mats and rugs, and ensuring proper lighting in all rooms, can make a huge difference and save you from possible accidents. If you are over 65, some additional actions need to be taken to prevent yourself from a fall.
How to avoid falls at home?
- Mop up any spills in your home immediately
- Take out frayed carpet, trailing wires and any clutter
- Make use of non-slip rugs and mats
- Use high-power bulbs or lamps for well-lit rooms
- Arranging household things in a manner it requires minimal climbing, bending and stretching
- Never hesitate to ask for the help of a family member when needed
- Do not walk on slippery floors wearing socks or tights
- It is recommended to avoid wearing long types of clothing that may get caught on something & make you fall down
- Wear shoes that are a perfect fit for your feet and supports the ankle
- Don’t forget to cut your toenails every week, and contact a GP or podiatrist about any foot problems
Extra Care Needed For the Elderly People
Some elderly people are more reluctant to ask for help and hence prefer to get the advice of health professionals regarding the prevention of falling. The web is flooded with information and advice about the equipment and tips for making homes a more secure place to live in for older people, after total hip replacement operation or revision hip replacement surgery.
Alcohol – Elderly people are more vulnerable to the negative effects of drinking alcohol. It may increase the risk of a fall amongst them. So, it is strongly advised to avoid drinking at least during the recovery period of hip replacement operation.
Strength and balance training – A study shows older age people who go for regular strength and balance training, rarely experience falls in their lives. However, it is not wise to immediately start with any exercise program after being released from the hospital. Moreover, it is strongly recommended to get the advice of your doctor before joining any local exercise program.
Sight tests – Poor vision can be one of the major reasons for falls. Locate an optician near your home and get your eyesight tested. Cloudy patches in the eye lens can be removed by an operation easily.
Home Hazard Assessment – It involves a healthcare professional who has ample experience in preventing falls at home. The person will visit your home, identify the potential hazards and guide you how to prevent yourself from them.
Medication review – There are some stories where falls happened as a side effect of medicines. Hence, it is wise to go to see your doctor regularly so they can check your medicines, change or stop them when needed, and prevent you from any side effects possible.
Vitamin D and Calcium – They are much needed to strengthen muscles and bones in your body, says research. Regular intake of Vitamin D and Calcium by people above 65 is a must, specifically if they have recently undergone a revision total hip replacement surgery.
Hope this tip will help you prevent from a fall!
Author Bio: Jennifer has been writing medical, health care related articles since 2005. In this post, she has shared exclusive tips to prevent from falls during and after the recovery period of the revision total hip replacement operation.
The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical care or medical advice and is not a replacement for medical care given by your physicians or trained medical personnel.
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