Oct 03

Advice Offered To Prevent Falls Around The Home

Matthew

As you get older it can get more difficult to move around your home and carry out day-to-day tasks than it used to be. One of the biggest potential problems for elderly people in the UK and elsewhere in the world is falls.

These can often lead to reduced mobility and can even result in hospital stays, so fall prevention is certainly worth worrying about.

Myfox8 recently offered some advice on the best ways to prevent falls as you get older, which included doing regular exercise and having regular eye tests.

However, there is a lot you can do around the home too. Removing loose rugs that you could trip on is a simple step to take, as is ensuring there is good lighting at all times of the day to ensure you can see where you’re going.

Bathrooms are naturally areas where slips and falls are more likely to occur, so do everything you can to make these spaces as safe as possible. Products like easy access showers could make all the difference if you’re starting to struggle with your mobility, so installing them sooner rather than later is the best way to prevent a fall or slip.

The York Press recently reported on a trial being conducted in the University of York to look at ways of preventing falls among the elderly. The researchers are also looking at how home assessments from occupational therapists could be key to helping people understand and make the right modifications to their home to prevent falls.

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