When I was 30-something I was carrying a small TV up some stairs. I lost my balance and the TV hit me in the knee on the way down. Result: I tore the ligaments and had to have surgery on my knee. I am now a senior and still have to be careful with that knee.
We hear a lot about seniors and falling, but falls can happen at any age. Many are preventable.
I found a little video clip posted below to show some steps to prevent falls.
I would like to add:
- If you must use a ladder, have someone present to steady it.
- Place important things you need on lower shelves.
- Remove small slippy scatter rugs and put some rubber mats under other area rugs.
- Clean the leaves and grass clippings off steps and walkways.
- Put salt/ice melt on them in winter.
- Wear shoes with good traction.
- Be vigilant on uneven outdoor terrain
- Socks are now made with rubber bottoms too.
- If you are wobbly for any reason, don’t be ashamed to use a cane.
- Be aware that the bathroom is a big fall hazard since the bath may weaken you and being wet and slippery is dangerous
- If sitting, get up slowly to avoid dizziness
- Hold a hand rail on the stairs. Never have both hands so full you can’t do that.
- Tell somebody if you are unstable so they can lend you an arm
- Talk with senior friends about their safety
If you do fall, make sure you are okay before you try to stand. I did not know how badly I was hurt until I tried to stand and promptly fell again. And go to a doctor immediately, especially if your skin discolors.
For more information: go to http://www.NCOA.org/FallsPrevention