Written on 15th December 2016
24 Hr Referral Hotline
One of the most common places where falls can occur is in your very own home. Learn how you can correct everyday hazards and protect yourself from trips and falls in the home.
Getting up too quickly from a bed or chair can make you dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself before moving
Exercise regularly to improve strength, balance and co-ordination
Remove loose rugs placed on top of fitted carpets or use double-sided tape to secure them to floors
Long cords for lamps and telephones should be fixed to walls, not snaking along the floor where people can trip over them
Move frequently used kitchen equipment/food to easier accessible shelves
Never use a chair to reach high shelves
Improve indoor lighting with brighter light bulbs. It’s safest to have general lighting in a room. Add lamps to darker areas
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines. Some can make you sleepy or dizzy
Have your eyesight checked at least once a year and wear glasses if you need them.
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