5 Ways To Avoid Falls At Home
“Fall eight times, stand up ten” is no longer a motivational quote when you start to age.
Falls are one of the most common health concerns for seniors, and while falls are something that can happen to anyone, for seniors it could mean an ongoing health issue that can send them to the emergency room.
According to the CDC, in a year, 2.5 million people 65 and older will visit the emergency room after a fall only to find themselves visiting the same emergency room a year after. And while these seniors are eligible by age for Medicare, being covered will only pay for treatment.
And that’s just a backup plan.
When it comes to falls, well, you don’t want them to happen in the first place. That’s why we’ve compiled a series of tips you can start using right now to avoid falls at home:
Do strength exercises
Whether you decide to do Pilates, yoga or simple stretching exercises you will develop enough strength and balance to reduce the probabilities of a fall at home.
You’ll get in shape too, so you’ve that going for you.
Get your vision checked
If you have diabetes or you are at high risk of glaucoma, Medicare will offer you an annual eye exam.
Also, some falls happen because rooms in the house are not well lit, this is particularly important for hallways and stairs too –especially stairs, for falls might be lethal or might leave you severely injured.
Check your Medications
There might be a chance that some of your medications are actually making you dizzy or sleepy and therefore more prone to falls. Check with your doctor if that’s the case.
Get rid of slippery situations
Spending a few bucks in a pair of non-slick socks can be actually beneficial. Using nonslip mats in the bathroom or the kitchen can also help as well.
Make changes to your house
If non-slip socks and non-slip mats are not enough, you can actually invest and install grab bars for your tub and other high-risk places in the house.
Also keep items you often use in a place where you can reach them without having to climb in unusual places.
Don’t avoid going to the doctor after a fall
Even if you fall and you feel alright, you should consider going to a doctor because what might seem as a harmless fall can actually affect your health in the long run.
Now before you go, I thought you might want to know the Medicare Open Enrollment is about to end in just a week. After December 7 you will no longer be able to change or update your Medicare policy –that means you would have to wait a year again if you want to get a Medicare Advantage policy or change Medigap.