Preventing falls

Falling accidents in the home
Each year about one-third of all people over age 65 will fall. Many of these falls result in broken bones. Some common causes of falls include indoor hazards. Certain lifestyle behaviors can also increase your chances of falling. Most serious falls occur in and around the home, and even after recovery, can be life-changing by limiting your mobility, activities and ability to travel short or long distances. To help maintain your independence, it’s important to understand the ways you can protect yourself from falls. Some simple precautions can ensure safety and reduce your risk of falling at home.

Indoor Safety Tips: Fall-Proofing Your Home
Place items you use most often within easy reach. This keeps you from having to do a lot of bending and stooping. Look at aids and devices that might help avoid strain or injury. For example, use a long-handled grasping device to pick up items without bending or reaching. Use a pushcart to move heavy or hot items from the stove or countertop to the table. If you must use a stepstool, use a sturdy one with a handrail and wide steps. If you live alone, consider wearing a personal emergency response system (PERS). Also consider having a cordless telephone or cell phone to take from room to room so you can call for help if you fall.

Floors
Remove all loose wires, cords and throw rugs.
Keep floors free of clutter.
Be sure all carpets and area rugs have skid-proof backing or are tacked to the floor.
Do not use slippery wax on bare floors.
Keep furniture in its usual place.

Bathrooms
Install grab bars on the bathroom walls beside the tub, shower and toilet.
Use a non-skid rubber mat in the shower or tub.
If you are unsteady on your feet, you may want to use a plastic chair with a back and non-skid legs in the shower or tub, along with a handheld shower head.

Kitchen
Use non-skid mats or rugs on the floor near the stove and sink.
Clean up spills as soon as they happen (in the kitchen and anywhere in the home).

Bedroom
Get up slowly from sitting or lying down since this may cause dizziness.
Keep a flash light with fresh batteries beside your bed.

Stairs
Keep stairwells well lit, with light switches at the top and the bottom.
Install sturdy handrails on both sides.
Mark the top and bottom steps with bright tape.
Make sure carpeting is secure.

Behavior
In addition to indoor and outdoor hazards, certain lifestyle behaviors can make a person more likely to fall. Here are some lifestyle tips to help you—

Be careful about drinking alcohol. Alcohol slows reflexes and may cause confusion, dizziness or disorientation. Too much alcohol can also cause bone loss.

If you are in a hurry, slow down. Accidents are more likely to happen when you rush. Remember to wear appropriate shoes both indoors and out.

Exercise and eat healthy at every age. A healthy diet includes having a well-balanced diet that contains the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D.

If you have osteoporosis, you can take steps inside your home and in your daily routine to prevent falls. Taking these steps can help you enjoy an active and healthy life.

For Safety & Mobility
If you are currently a walker user, you probably already know that simply because you are using a walker doesn’t mean you can’t have an active lifestyle. Used properly, the EZGO™ Walker Ball can help. It gives you better mobility on ALL types of indoor flooring, especially rugs and carpets, where its round, low-friction surface glides easily over bumps, folds and hazardous edges which can cause you to trip and fall.

No mobility aid can completely protect you from a falling accident. The best protection comes from following the guidelines above, and recognizing potential hazards and taking action before they pose a threat.

We set out to make a better walker ball, and we did. With EZGO, you move more easily and more safely.