Don’t Let a Fall Change Your Life, Fall prevention suggestions

The Fall Prevention Coalition of San Mateo County offers the following recommendations to prevent falls:

Home Safety:

Clear pathways and clutterRemove throw rugsPlace a non-skid mat outside of your showerImprove lighting throughout the houseUse nightlights, especially between bed and bathroomInstall grab bars and stair railingsConsider a home safety assessment: (844) NO FALLS / (844) 663-2557 – Toll free for San Mateo Fall Prevention

Medication Review: Carry a current medication list with you, which includes your prescription and over-the-counter medications. Check your list with your doctor or pharmacist for fall risk side effects. 

Eyes and Ears: Have your vision and hearing checked yearly. 

Stay Active and Balanced:

Work on your balance every dayTake a fall prevention class: (844) NO FALLS / (844) 663-2557 – Toll free for San Mateo Fall Prevention

Get Help: If you live alone, make a daily check-in plan with a friend or family member.  Consider wearing a personal alter system. Wear it all the time, including inside the shower and to bed. 

Healthy Feet: Wear shoes and slippers that are closed in front and back, have non-slip soles and fit well. See a Podiatrist if you cannot cut your own toenails safely. 

Strong Bones: Keep your bones healthy by doing weight bearing exercises. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a Bone Density test for men over 70 and women over 65. Ask for a Vitamin D blood test and check that you are taking enough Vitamin D and Calcium to keep your bones strong to reduce your risk of fractures.

These common sense recommendations are primarily made for the benefit of older people but they are good for people of all ages and health status.  Using them will help us reduce the injury from falls in San Mateo County!

(844) NO FALLS / (844) 663-2557 – Toll free for San Mateo Fall Prevention

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