It feels good to be able to do the things you’ve always done. I know I have always enjoyed autonomy and freedom of movement. Ever since I was a kid and my parents gave me my first chance to show some independence I have been on the move making choices and doing things for myself. As we get older it can be harder to do everything you once did.
Sometimes our steps may seem sure but then oftentimes without warning, they aren’t. Does that mean you should give up and let someone else do everything for you? Should you relinquish the independence you’ve relished for most of your life? Of course not! At our Brooklyn home health care agency we don’t expect you to become a couch potato even after a fall. In fact, we offer these tips that will help you prevent a fall. Since most falls happen at home these five steps focus on preparing your living space for safety.
- Be mindful of your medication. If your medication says that you will be unsteady for a period of time after ingesting, wait before doing a lot on your feet. Just being patience can mean the difference between a good day and a day spent in the hospital.
- Keep areas well lit. Even if you know your home like the back of your hand it is still helpful to place nightlights in areas that are dark at night.
- Organize your space. Move things out of the middle of the room and create an open space for walking. The fewer things in your path the better.
- Get gadgets to help you on the go. If you need to reach something overhead use a grabber. If you need a walking aid, get a cane or a walker. Allow yourself to step over the mental hurdle you’ve put in place about using mobility aids and make your life easier.
- Stay fit. Stretching and staying active will help you maintain balance and flexibility. It will also keep the blood flowing well and make you feel more capable.
Try these steps to prevent a fall and keep doing the things that make you happy. Live life to the fullest on your own terms.