March 2020 newsletter.
Image and text: Canadian Chiropractic Association.
Fall Prevention, part 1
Sources: Canadian Chiropractic Association.
Did you know that one in every three Canadians over age 65 will fall at least once in a year? Falls often have serious consequences such as hip, wrist and pelvic fractures that can have a lasting impact on your quality of life. Best Foot Forward is a public education program developed by the Canadian Chiropractic Association to address the issue of debilitating falls among older Canadians. Canada’s chiropractors are committed to reducing injury and disability from falls. A chiropractor can test your strength, steadiness and balance – and give you advice on exercise and falls prevention.
Watch your step.
Check out these tips for simple things you can do to stay safely on your feet.
- Remove your reading glasses when you are walking. Always slip them off before you take a step.
- Never climb on a chair or stool to reach something. Always ask for assistance.
- If you have a pet such as a cat or dog, consider putting a bell or reflector on its collar.
- Take your time. Invest in a cordless phone that you can keep near you. Don’t rush to answer the door.
- Always sit down to put on or take off shoes and clothing. Place a chair or bench near the entranceway.
- Keep hallways and stairs free of children’s toys.
- Wear shoes or slippers with non-slip soles indoors.
Prevent Falls in the Home. Here are some simple things you can do to make sure your home doesn’t trip you up.
- Use a non-slip mat inside and outside the tub or shower.
- Install grab bars by the toilet and in the tub and shower area.
- Purchase a non-slip bath and shower bench to get in and out safely.
- Install a raised toilet seat to make getting on and off easier.
- Replace loose scatter mats with rugs that have rubber backing.
- Wipe up spills immediately.
- Keep everyday items on shelves within easy reach.
- Make sure no extension cords cross your path.
- Never climb on a chair or stool to reach for something. Always ask for assistance.
- Use non-slip floor wax.
- Add gliders to your chairs to make moving them easier when you sit down or get up from the table.
- Keep stairways clear of clutter that can cause you to trip.
- Ensure there are handrails on both sides of the staircase.
- Install non-slip strips on the edge of each step.
- Secure loose or wrinkled carpet.
- Ensure good lighting in stairwells.
- Make sure you can see where you are going if you are carrying something up or down the stairs.
- Keep a covered bucket of sand or salt near the doorway in winter to safely handle slippery conditions.
- Make sure outdoor railings and stairs are sturdy and secure.
- Keep steps and pathways clear of clutter such as yard tools, snow shovels, newspapers and wet leaves.
- Don’t juggle parcels while trying to enter the house. Make a few trips from the car with smaller packages.