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Sidestepping Slips, Trips and Falls

As we age, our bodies changes and we may notice a change in our ability to move like we used to. There is an inevitable increase in the risk of a slip, trip or fall. This is, understandably, a disconcerting thought. A fall at any age is a scary experience. For an older adult, a slip, trip or fall can be downright frightening and may lead to a decrease in confidence for fear of another fall. This, in turn, can lead to a decrease in activities, and staying home more. This domino effect can have a devastating impact on our physical, mental and social well-being. Happily, there are simple strategies we can employ to reduce the risk of falls and injuries, to keep us moving.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the following steps to effectively reduce the risk of falls in and out of the home:

  • Get a good night’s sleep

  • Maintain good nutrition and hydration

  • Go slowly when getting up from a sitting or lying position

  • Don’t rush when walking

  • Keep exercising to maintain strength and balance

  • Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes (and slippers)

  • Have regular sight and hearing check ups

  • Consider using a cane, walker or walking poles for added stability

  • Remove clutter on stairs

  • Clear ice and snow on walkways and stairs

  • Have good lighting, especially in hallways and on stairs (use nightlights in bedrooms and bathrooms)

  • Install handrails in hallways and grab bars in bathrooms

  • Keep often-used items within easy reach

  • Reduce use of mats and area rugs

  • Use non-slip mats in bathrooms

Visit Orchardview Guardian Pharmacy in Grimsby to see how we can help with this risk reduction. We have several items in stock that can help seniors live safely at home.



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