But how do you prevent falls from happening to Parkinson's and elderly patients? Prevention begins with diligence and prior planning. Use this list to make your home or office a safer place.
5 Ways To Prevent Falls in Your HomeYou can prevent falls and make your home a safer place:
- Remove trip hazards to prevent falls in your home
- Reroute power cords, phone cords and oxygen supply tubes
- Remove small throw rugs and mats
- Remove clutter and items that are laying on the floor or stairs
- Use bed rails
- Bed rails can keep you from falling out of bed
- Bed rails can help you to gain your balance while getting up
- Keep items within reach
- Store heavy, sharp or glass items on waist high shelves, drawers and countertops
- Reachers make retrieving hard to reach objects possible
- Use a walker or rollator for balance
- Use a walker or rollator (rolling walker with a seat) while walking
- You can use a walker or rollator to steady yourself as you sit or stand
- Use grab bars in the bathroom
- The bathroom can be one of the most dangerous places in the home
- Use grab bars when getting in and out of tub or shower
- Utilize grab bars near toilets for balance
- Have grab bars professionally installed
Fall Prevention Products
Visit the JRS Medical Aids To Daily Living website for the products listed in this article.
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