Tips to Prevent Falls at Home During the Night

It’s important to prevent falls. But as we age, balance declines, especially in the dark. Nearly two-thirds of older adults get out of bed to visit the bathroom two or more nights per week. Answering nature’s call shouldn’t be dangerous.

The Mayo Clinic recently posted tips for preventing falls. You can read the full article, or here is a quick summary of the fall prevention tips we think are most important for aging adults who get out of bed during the night.

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Minimizing and/or preventing falls is crucial for active adults. Exercising the hips, torso and shoulders will help stabilize your body in activities of daily living. This part 2 post on stability exercises puts you on the floor. Being able to get down onto the floor and back up again could be life saving, especially if you live alone. Lots of information on subject, www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/index.html.

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As a follow up to my previous entry, I would like to continue some simple strategies to prevent falls using adaptive equipment. As an Occupational Therapist, I have worked with Seniors almost exclusively over the past 10 years. I have found that good quality adaptive equipment can significantly help with fall prevention.

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