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Take Steps To Avoid A Fall This Autumn

As we move into September, we head out of summer and into fall and it makes me think of how many older people are injured each year due to slips, trips and falls.

It’s a good time to remind people about fall prevention and safety.  Typically falls can help be prevented through a combination of devices and strength and balance training.

People can improve their balance by using devices such as canes, walkers and scooters.  Assistive equipment can also be added in high risk areas such as bathrooms.  This can include grab bars and high rise toilets.  Handrails can also be added to steps and stairs to help people maintain their balance as they are ascending or descending stairs.  In addition, tripping hazards such as throw rugs, cords and towels should be eliminated from floors and walkways. These practices should be adhered to in potential risk areas both indoors and outdoors.

People also can reduce their slip, trip and fall risk by improving their strength and balance.  Exercises like Tai Chi can help improve balance and strength.  Physical therapists can provide exercises to do and work with patients to improve their leg and core strength.  We have therapists on site at John Knox Village East that can work with patients.  While some people may not like the exercises, doing them as a preventative measure is much better than doing them after an injury occurs.

As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Taking time to reduce tripping hazards and improving your physical balance and strength can help prevent a serious injury caused by a fall.  Take the time to improve your odds.

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