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Nova Scotia Seniors: Fall Prevention

Posted Sep 27, 2016
Falls are the leading cause of injury among older Canadians, and 20-30% of seniors experience one or more falls each year. Falls are the cause of 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations.

Protect Yourself

You can prevent falls by making the needed adjustments to your home and lifestyle, and by making sure you eat well, stay fit, and use whatever devices will facilitate your daily life while keeping you safe. Your independence and well-being are at stake.
Use these tips for to help prevent falls:

  1. Ensure that you have non-slip surfaces in the tub or shower and install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand. Make sure they are well anchored.
  2. Reduce clutter! Get rid of loose wires and cords as well as any other obstacles and make sure the path is clear between the bedroom and bathroom.
  3. Store kitchen supplies and pots and pans in easy-to-reach locations and store heavy items in lower cupboards.
  4. Make sure your stairs are well lit and have solid handrails on both sides of the stairway.
  5. Remove your reading glasses when you go up or down the stairs.
  6. Keep front steps and walkway in good repair and free of snow, ice and leaves.
  7. Nutritious meals keep up strength, resistance and balance. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits and don’t skip meals as it can cause weakness and dizziness.
  8. Engage in physical activity every day.
  9. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about possible side effects of prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  10. Consider using a walker or cane. If you use a cane, make sure that it’s the correct height and that it’s rubber-tipped for safety.