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Home Care – Falls Prevention is a Key Component

By August 27, 2015 News No Comments

Fall Prevention is a major requirement of the modern home care health industry. Due to the ageing population more and more people are exposed to falls risks than ever before. The number of victims is alarming and the results of falls can be devastating. There are lots of dedicated professionals devoted to this cause, but more needs to be done. That’s why at Safe Homes Australia we have dedicated ourselves to raising awareness, and finding solutions for falls prevention in the home.

Home Care Falls Prevention Techniques:

  • Keep active – regular exercise is the single most important thing you can do to remain fit and independent. Improving your strength and balance is the best way to protect yourself against falls.
  • Eat a balanced diet and get enough Vitamin D – having enough calcium, vitamin D and eating the right foods are all important to help keep our bones and muscles strong.
  • Medications – did you know some medicines can affect your balance? Know how medicine affects you and talk to your dr about your medicines and side effects they may have. Regular Medication Reviews with your GP or Pharmacist are important to help you stay on your feet.
  • Vision – eyesight is important to keep steady and move around safely everyday. If you wear glasses, have your eyes checked at least: > every two years by an optometrist > every year by a doctor. If you notice changes, make an appointment sooner.
  • Comfy feet – as we age, our feet can experience changes which affect your balance balance and walking, and lead to pain, slips, trips and falls. Wear well fitting, flat shoes with non-slip soles and look after your feet. See a podiatrist regularly if your feet need special care.

Fall-proofing your surroundings – make your home and garden as safe as possible

  • Remove clutter and tripping hazards.
  • Make sure there is good lighting inside your home and outside walkways.
  • Reduce the risk of slipping by using non-slip mats in wet areas, using a shower chair and having handrails installed in areas like the bathroom, toilet and by the front and back door.
  • Change structural hazards, such as removing the step into your shower, fitting a hand held shower or installing a ramp or stair lift.

Sometimes little changes can make a big difference – don’t wait until it’s too late, take action now to reduce your risk of falling.

Please contact us now to discuss your falls prevention query.

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