On the close of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, one item in particular that the entire MCC Rehab team wanted to discuss was fall prevention. Falls are a leading cause for admission into our rehab department. During our residents' stay, the MCC team educates our graduates on how to prevent falls, especially with that dreaded four-letter word fast approaching – snow.
Below are a few tips to prevent falls, specifically for the elderly, but many can be utilized by all:
- Know your limitations. Aging is a natural life process, so embrace it.
- Proper footwear is key. Shoes need to be supportive and not worn out. Think of your body as a tower – it needs a proper foundation.
- Declutter your environment. Obstructions on the floor create fall hazards. Don’t know where to start? Begin with throw rugs, which should either be removed or taped down and recycling old newspapers.
- Proper lighting so you can see your surroundings.
- Stay active. The more sedentary you are, the more likely you are to lose muscle, which makes it more difficult to regain strength and stop yourself from falling. Some ideas on how to stay active:
- Ankle weights
- Resistance bands
- Ankle pumps
- Range of motion
- Manage your home outdoors. Maintain proper sidewalks. Make sure handrails are stable and supportive.
- With winter soon approaching, make sure your feet are firmly planted when you’re walking and of course, be wary of ice. Make sure to salt your stairs outside, driveway, and sidewalk.
- Wear non-skid soles on your shoes.
Most importantly, know your rights and advocate for your right to go to a rehabilitation facility if you fall and suffer an injury. Be sure to do your homework and plan ahead on where you’d like to do your recovery after a hospital stay or elective surgery. You can always call us directly at 315-798-4800 for more information on bed availability.
Masonic Care Community is open to everyone and has been caring for people since 1893.