Fall Prevention

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Sciences, more people died from fall related injuries than any other cause of mortality in the state of Wisconsin. Here are some simple changes to help reduce the risk of falling:
– Use banisters or railings when walking up/down stairs
– Wear proper footwear. Avoid flip-flops and other shoes without proper foot support and tracking on the bottom.
– Organize your house to decrease bending or reaching that could challenge your balance. For example, put commonly used items and tools at the front of cabinets and drawers.
– Monitor medications that can cause dizziness and alter balance performance.
-Keep rooms well lit and picked up. Remove unnecessary things from the floor and keep the floor dry. This will prevent slipping and tripping.
– Use canes, crutches, or walkers as advised by your doctor, physical therapist, or occupational therapist.