You may have heard about the heart-breaking death of Ann B. Davis’ earlier this week. Most of us remember Davis from her memorable role as Alice in the hit sitcom, The Brady Bunch. Davis captured out hearts with her witty one-liners, her level-headed argument mediating and her ability to hold the bunch together like glue.
Davis died this past Sunday, June 1, 2014, at a San Antonio hospital after having fallen in her home and hitting her head. Although, a very unfortunate accident, it was also a preventable one. If she would have had someone fall-proof her home and surroundings, could it have been prevented?
Hands of Compassion Homecare wants to give you 6 Tips on how to prevent in-home falls, in hopes that these tips can reduce your risk of falling and possibly safe your life.
#1. Talk to your doctor
Learn about the medications you are taking and their side effects. Sometimes medications can increase the risk of falling due to blurred vision, drowsiness and dizziness.
Certain health conditions can also increase your risk of falling. Discuss these, and previous falls, with your doctor so that a prevention strategy can be developed if need be.
#2. Stay Active
Staying active doesn’t always mean a high-intensity workout, something as minor as walking around the backyard to maintain strength in your lower body is recommend. Of course, check with your doctor and if he gives you the “OK”, then seek out new and fun ways to stay active and keep your body in tip-top shape (swimming, seated Zumba, yoga, etc.).
#3. Wear proper shoes
Although your slippers may be comfortable around the house, they are not always the safest, especially on laminate, wood or tile floors. These types of floors can become slick when swept and mopped, and slippers do not possess a large amount of grip to the bottom, which in turn could lead to a fall. Make sure to wear shoes with a nonstick soul, sturdy and comfortable.
#4. Remove fall hazards in your environment
The mosts beautiful items in our home can also be the most dangerous. Look around your home, or have a loved one/caregiver, to find any fall hazards in your home. For example: rugs, coffee tables, wobbly standing lamps, electrical chords, clothing or spills. Placing a nonstick mat in your shower is also recommend to help prevent in-home falls.
#5. Light up your living area
When waking up in the middle of the night, it is not always first instinct to turn on a light or lamp, we just tend to walk slowly (because we are so use to our living spaces) to get to wear we need to be, using walls, chair and other items to guide us. However, we suggest placing a small nightlight in your room, hallways and even bathroom. This way, your most-used places of living are lit up during the evening and you do not have to worry about guessing where you need to go.
#6. Use assistive devices as instructed or needed
Canes are a great way to help you get around the home and outside of your home. There is a great variety out there to help you choose the best one that fits your needs: lightweight and thin; sturdy and large. Watch a recent video interview with Midland’s Recovery Home Therapy, where Physical Therapist, Steven Sanchez, discusses four of the most popular used canes. Click the link below and it will take you directly to the video,
We hope this helps and if there are some questions still lingering that were not answered, feel free to give #HOC a call. We are open M-F, 8 a.m- 5 p.m., but we have an on-call RN 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. We are here to help.
Hands of Compassion Homecare
“Healthcare that unites hands with hearts.”
1030 Andrews Hwy, Ste 203
Midland, TX 79701
(432) 218 – 7996