As you get older, physical changes, health conditions or even medications you take can cause a greater risk of falling. AAMG Physical Therapy offers fall prevention evaluations to assess your balance and risk for falls. We help you develop a personalized exercise routine to help.
Fall Prevention Tips
If you are at risk, consider these fall prevention tips:
- Exercise. Consider a physical therapy evaluation to assess your balance and risk for falls. The physical therapist can also help you develop a customized exercise routine.
- Medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications to see if any of them increase your risk for falls.
- Vision. Ask a doctor to check your vision every year. If you wear glasses, keep them clean.
- Changes at home. Make small changes around your home to decrease tripping and fall hazards:
- Get rid of clutter and trip hazards from floors
- Repair loose floorboards
- Secure rugs to the floor or remove them
- Keep areas where you walk well lit, especially at night. Add night lights to your bathroom and bedroom
- Install grab bars in your bathroom and shower
- Consider using a tub bench so that you can sit down while you shower
- Hold onto railings when you go up and down stairs
- Place non-slip mats in bathrooms
- Assistive devices. Use an assistive device if you need it. Canes and walkers can allow you to better access the community safely and confidently.